OT (slightly) UI/feature plans for next Xubuntu

Jannis Pohlmann info at sten-net.de
Mon Jun 19 20:30:09 CEST 2006

On Mon, 19 Jun 2006 20:07:42 +0300, Jani Monoses wrote:

> Hello all,
> FYI, here is a link to an informational spec describing the new
> features that we are considering for the next Xubuntu release. It is
> quite unlikely they will all be implemented in time by Oct but I'm
> sending this out so Xfce developers and contributors know what our
> plans are, and whether we can colaborate and reduce duplication of
> efforts if some of you plan to work on any of these or related things.
> https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/xubuntu-desktop-goals

Taken the website:

    Some ideas:

    * Make apps/places/system menu
    * DnD from menu to panel
    * Make xfdesktop XDG compliant
    * Simplify menu layout

Most of this will be covered by the new XDG menu component I'm planning
to write for Xfce 4.6. Even though most of the code will be about
parsing, structuring and caching, there also are some user interface
ideas. Among these are, of course, DnD to the panel, a clean menu
widget, a better menu editor (featuring show/hide option for *all*
menus / menu entries), a common API other components (e.g. Thunar,
xfdesktop and the panel).

    * Free-moving of panel plugins like in gnome.

Personally, I like the solid behaviour we currently have.

Ok, these are my comments on this page. I'm wondering if it's the right
way to plan such things somewhere else. Apart from the laptop keys
support (see below), this should be completely distribution-independent
and thus, I kinda dislike the idea of people discussing/"planning" the
development of Xfce on their distributions' websites. But well, collect
ideas, post them here and we'll discuss them.

So here are the other items mentioned in the list: 

    * Support laptop keys for mixer/sleep via HAL
    * Thunar features (samba browsing, trash support)

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