Giovanni -Campax- Campagna belongs to the next generation of Gnome devs as he turns out 20 years old tomorrow (Happy Birthday)! He was one of the GSoC students, but he was involved with Gnome some time ago.
His project at GSoC (Lock Screen) was his biggest accomplish (as he says) so far, but he has contributed in many other parts of Gnome as well.
We asked him to say a bit about his work and his self:
I’m Giovanni, I’m a student and this year I’ve partecipated in Google Summer of Code for GNOME.
I must say very proud of the work I completed, as it is the biggest contribution I made so far, and I received positive feedback from many people, including and most important the designers and developers with whom I had the luck to work.
I plan to continue contributing in the future, not only because I want to improve on the project but also because I share the GNOME vision of delivering a free desktop to everyone. And because it’s fun, too!
The pin unlocker although it works, didn’t make it for 3.6 and postponed for the next release. Giovanni explains us how Pin Locker works and what are the future plans that will arive in Gnome 3.8.
The new Screen Lock works with two different modes. One is called the “Lock Screen”, and holds the clock and new notifications. It works a curtain that falls over the windows when locking, and can be lifted by pressing Escape or by dragging up with the mouse (or with a swipe gesture on a touchscreen).
The other is the unlock dialog, which is meant to be similar to the login dialog, and holds the familiar password entry, while also allowing to unclock with a fingerprint swipe.
In the future (3.8), we plan to support more form of authentication,in particular unlocking with a PIN, using a touch friendly keypad. The various options (PIN, fingerprint, UNIX password, Kerberos, maybe smartcard too) will be configurable in the User Accounts panel of System Settings.
Gnome is like Football Manager. It needs young talented players ..or developers ;)