panel development update

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at
Wed May 11 22:11:53 CEST 2005

Jannis Pohlmann wrote:
> Jasper Huijsmans schrieb:
>>People seem to be rather busy with other stuff at the moment -- except
>>Mickaël and Juha; keep up the good work, guys! Anyway, I finally added 
>>something to the panel again, so here's an update.
>>First of all, drawing of the new panel widget should now be flawless, no more
>>strange edges or missing borders. Please let me know if you still see
>>something wrong with the latests svn code.
>>Secondly, I decided to make a bit better use of the new panel widget and added
>>an option to make the panel full width. At the same time I added two plugins
>>that can make use of this feature: a tasklist plugin and a flexible space
>>plugin; both will expand with the panel.
>>I also have been experimenting a little with creating out-of-process plugins
>>using GtkPlug/GtkSocket. It seems to work nicely. I also tested a customize
>>mode; this makes it easy to drag items around, even when they are external
>>plugins. No code to show you yet though.
>>Progress on the design for the 4.4 panel has been a bit slow, because I don't
>>have much time. Apart from the plugin design I need to think hard about the
>>user interfaces that are needed to properly use and configure the new
>>features, especially access to configuration for multiple panels (possibly on
>>multiple monitors), customizating panel contents and the interaction with MCS 
>>settings. Ideas and suggestions are welcome, send them to me or, even better, 
>>add them to the wiki.
>>That's all for now ;-)
> Hey Jasper.
> Like most of the others, I love the new panel, too. Since I used the
> mini command line plugin and that doesn't work anymore, I'm asking myself
> how much of the plugin system has changed. Some plugins (like the mixer, for
> example) still work. Did you test the others?

All of them should still work. For the mini command you need the latest 
version, because focus behaviour has changed. I haven't actually tried, 
so I'll do that now ;-0


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