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Do Gnome Team think to release a sync mechanism?!?

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Right away to the point, three(3) enormous changes are happening or going to happen in just 2 years.

The birth of Gnome3

Love it or hate it, you can’t say anything but admit that Gnome3′s interface is the biggest attempt to change the Desktop semantic since Windows 3.1. Bigger than Windows 8, bigger than Apple Lion, bigger than Android and I can only compare it with the first iPhone revolution. And if it isn’t polished/ready yet, so what?

Gnome in Wayland

X Server, the center of the Universe for more than 20 years for Unix/Linux, the one and only project that was the life giver and cancer at the same time for Linux, is gone. Not yet but in the first semester of 2013 will be dropped from every Linux Distribution. Wayland, the next generation X server and display manager promises  to make Linux desktop the absolute astonishing graphics-friendly environment.

Although graphic cards manufacturers and openGL Foundation will play a key role to succeed that.

Gnome Online

In every Gnome release we see more and more new Cloud Features. GOA, Documents, Videos, Contacts etc, there is no reason to go further because you all know about these and I guess you realize how important factors are for a complete operating system.

By the way I could named Gnome3 and Windows8 as next generation OS because they brake many stereotypes of the old fashion like menus, local data installations, they introduce multi-device Desktop Enviroments and others.

Time to come back to the original title of this post.  When I wrote about the 10 goals of Gnome for 2013/14 I referred somewhere the need for Gnome to acquire a cloud synchronization of GSettings, extensions settings etc, similar as Chrome and Firefox already do.

The benefits by doing this are obvious, fresh installations will be customized by default in our personal preferences, all our Gnome devices (laptops/desktops/tablets/TVs ..yes yes I am a dreamer) will be set up the same way and corporation environments will be able to easily supply custom workstations boxes to their employees according to the company needs.

Yesterday I uploaded here the latest tentative art of Initial Setup.

It seems there is an option to sign in with a Gmail or an Enterprise Account. While Initial Setup will come in Gnome 360, this feature I really doubt it will be there. It could be a quick sync with GOA but it seems that is more than this.

After all we are talking about creating a new user in a Linux box.My Gmail is alexis.diavatis and I really don’t want to see a user name like that in Gnome-Terminal.

Today in Gnome Live I discovered something more impressive.

This is a tentative design by Alex Filgueira and of course is not going to come in 360. Alex proposes the stuffs that should included to a synchronization mechanism:

  • Online Accounts
  • Wallpaper
  • Extensions (maybe using extensions.gnome.org?)
  • List of favourite APPS in the dock
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Nautilus and Epiphany’s Bookmarks ??
  • Some other config…

 

And all these are just a playground, and mockups and won’t happen any time soon. But the big picture remains, Gnome goes Online and it goes in crazy pace!

When these features will land in our boxes? Even Gnome developers don’t know, but one thing I know is that Gnome gains support by companies day by day, while other Open Source community Desktops seem to lose ground.

Developing in Gnome is amazing fast and except companies, Gnome apparently has the fanatical support of many users that contribute with coding or by filling bugs.

Have nothing else to say than wish Gnome a happy cloud life :)


 
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  • Guest

    Nice, but for me only if there is a option to use an homeserver (I dislike the idea that google gets all my settings).

  • Guest

    How about some of the basics before trying to cloud-ize Gnome?  Basics like the ability to configure Gnome3.

  • TuxJim

    This article Looks like a Propaganda Piece in favour of Gnome 3x to try and hype it up a little and make gnome 3 look exciting when really… It is lacking in almost all areas in Reality for the Average user. Did a Gnome dev write this article? Gnome need to realize that dumbing down the Desktop Environment like Taking away the ability to customize it without relying on 3rd party hack Job extensions which are not supported by Gnome itself which adds to instabilities of the Desktop not to mention users needing to know CSS config files to customize anything by altering text to do simple things like make your panel transparent. Gnome has become a joke and very few people use it but “Hope” that they will sort themselves out

  • Tuxjim

    (FIXED)

    This article Looks like a Propaganda Piece in favour of Gnome 3x to try and hype it up a little and make gnome 3 look exciting when really… It is lacking in almost all areas in Reality for the Average user. Did a Gnome dev write this article? Gnome need to realize that dumbing down the Desktop Environment like Taking away the ability to customize it without relying on 3rd party hack Job extensions which are not supported by Gnome itself is just not good enough and only adds to instabilities of the Desktop not to mention users needing to know CSS config files to customize anything by altering text to do simple things like make your panel transparent. Gnome has become a joke and very few people use it but “Hope” that they will sort themselves out

  • The Gacko

    Hello.. I am enjoying this blog and its nice information on gnome 3

    Probably like a lot of people im still not decided if Gnome 3 or Unity is a good thing or not.. It still erks me. BUT I can see, some of, the reasoning behind ,some of, the decisions in Gnome 3 and it does look nice. The thing that did (I dont use G3 for prod) impress me the most was the Online Accounts or GOA. One nice easy place to centrally specify my gmail settings and then Evolution, Empathy and contacts, your google docs will populate your gnome docs app and everything is all configured. Great.

    Mainly I liked it because I could see a lot of potential in it. If they can support all major cloud vendors they could then easily support your own local/cloud servers properly. So a CalDAV, CardDAV, Postfix, WebDAV (doc sync) type server setup could publish its information in a GOA compatible way and you just say what your email address and password is and you just go. Also its great to see linking in with Exchange.

    Also login as a gmail user probably sounds a bit scary and big brothery but I dont see how any privacy is compromised. Its not like Gnome is telling google more information it doesnt already know by using GOA. Do you think Google will be logging into your gnome box via SSH or something? come on. But obviously the option to not have this happen should be there. But in the instance of an organisation heavily using Google Apps for everything for instance then why the hell not?!

    Having the whole join a enterprise network or sync an enterprise user (what ever “use an Enterprise Login” means) is also pretty cool. Enterprise could be an Active Directory, eDirectory, 389 directory (fedora) or roll your own openLDAP.. if all were supported out of the box that is great.

    If all this was made transparent and cloud aware (either private or public cloud provider) then that is real future sight.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ronald.trip Ronald Trip

    ***And if it isn’t polished/ready yet, so what?***

    Then it isn’t usable by people who need a reliable and productive computer. Banana-ware isn’t appreciated by real people. As long as FOSS UI projects think it is OK to periodically throw out the baby with the bath water and expect their userbase to just suck it up, FOSS user interfaces will be viewed as a hobbyist toy.

    Outside of the Gnome echo chambers, most articles on Linux news sites now go without comments, either positive or negative. That is not a good sign. Shell has largely been rejected and people are moving towards other interfaces.

    It is a shame really. Gnome 3′s plumbing is excellent, but all of that gets lost under the completely abysmal UI experiment that is Shell

  • Vagelis Giannadakis

    Despite all the anticipation before initial release and all the propaganda by the Gnome team and their supporters after release, Gnome Shell is A PIECE OF SHIT!

    That was evident right from the start, with the immediate availability of such a thing as the “Gnome Tweak Tool” to be home for arcane settings, like changing themes and fonts!!! Things that for other Desktops, Gnome 2 included, were considered valid everyday-used use cases, were turned into “tweaks” for the GS, hidden in “tools,” which some distributions don’t even include out of the box!

    The need for, and immediate emergence of, third-party and unsupported extensions to make the GS usable by normal people, is the seal and signature below the verdict: PIECE OF SHIT!

  • Bob

    If you put Gnome and KDE side by side, it is kind of obvious that KDE is much superior at the moment. The reason why Gnome lost much of its userbase lately is because the devs made a lot of strategic mistakes in design. 

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  • Kjelenek

    I switchd last week from gnome2 to gnome-shell and i  agree with every conclusion in this article.
    There is a lot of work on shell remaining, but with help of extensions shell is definitely usable… some of the extensions must be in shell…zoom…
    …minimize window button….
    But first thing i wish is  one unified gui tool for configuring every thing in shell.