How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Shell

So far, I’ve used GNOME-Shell for at least 10 minutes and Unity for at least 15. And it was six months ago. Just to tell you how much I’m competent on the subject. And I didn’t like them. Not at all. I’ve my own ideas about the desktop.

Shells on the beach

So what? What is the point about liking or not liking? You don’t like blue? Does it make blue a bad color? User interaction is an engineering science. You identify a problem, you design prototypes, you conduct experiments to choose which design has the best result (on a scale that you built as part of the experiment). The fact that you like a prototype more than another is not relevant.

Gpager 0.3 « Scenes From a Memory – Finally Free »

Gpager is a GPLv2 libwnck pager that just float on your desktop, allowing you to do anything you were doing with you panel pager but bigger and stronger.

Back in 2005-2006, my good friend Patrick Rácz developed a small pager for the GNOME desktop. Since then, I’ve been an happy user of this little application, recompiling it with every Ubuntu release. In fact, I just cannot live without it anymore.

We thought that it might be helpful to other and, for years, we said : « we should publish it ». Today, after fixing some small bugs, I’m proud to announce the release of Gpager 0.3 « Scenes From a Memory – Finally Free ». I created a Launchpad project and even an Ohloh page.

GPager 0.3 with human theme