By Gnome-Apps we mean these application that is a core-part of a complete Gnome-Desktop. For example Gimp is a Gnome-App but not a core one. By new generation we mean those apps that fulfill the design specification of the latest Human Interface Guidelines, as these are described in GNOME Documentation.
GNOME Apps & Cloud
A common characteristic of all new GNOME Apps is their possibility to “explore” data both stored on your local machine and online, in cloud services, as long as you have create at one Online Account from Settings. G-Photos that is available for G-3.8, isn’t currently able to “read” online files, but there are plans for sync with Flickr, or other Photo-Services.
GNOME Apps Vs Cloud
The first question is why do we need a Client (ie Mail) when we can work fine with for example the online Gmail’s interface. First, GNOME can connect to many Services and not just Google, like OwnCloud. Second GNOME let us to treat our data seamlessly as there are in one single place. Which is very cool.
GNOME Documents Example
I realize that a client software could never be as much as powerful as an online service. Not even faster. Online Services have the advantage to posses and manipulate huge number of data, something that a client computer can’t do, both for technically (resources) and politically (data-control) reasons.
That doesn’t seem to be a huge issue for Documents, since GNOME added a “web-browser” inside it, and it makes no difference (in theory) if you are using Chrome Browser or GNOME Documents to edit an online document stored in GoogleDrive.
The point is that GNOME Cloud Apps are needed to ensure that people can have a equal (as possible) experience no matter if their files are stored in their PC or Googles Servers, or Yahoo or Microsoft, or in some Open Source Online service etc..
G-Web (aka Epiphany) in 3.8 gained WebKit2 support that makes it about as fast as Chrome (but not really). Google’s Chromebooks selling at crazy rates, and that makes me think that what most people are really needing is just a Web-Browser. Therefore I still believe that GNOME should pay more attention to G-Web rather any other App.
A full integrated browser with the system it should be a top-class priority. The competition is hard to get, but that doesn’t mean a lot.
GNOME Apps Vs Shell
It is clear that GNOME Apps can’t follow the development rates of Shell. Shell seems to be 2-3 versions ahead of Apps and the gap gets bigger in each release. Certainly that is not fault of programmers, since they are the same people that do Apps and Shell. I can’t even say that developers pay more attention to Shell. A reason might be the effort that is needed to create something in Shell and Apps.
Right now you can’t nothing but Zooming, but is a start ;)
Yet another Music Application for Linux, but this one is totally for GNOME. I really doubt if a KDE or Ubuntu user will install it. There is a question here, why not Rhythmbox? Oh well, people just wanted to start something from scratch. Linux hasn’t any issue in music players, and also has the very powerful Tomahawk.
My list doesn’t seem very rich, some kind of bug probably. Normally Music can already list and play audio-files.
The most anticipated App. Installing Software in a human manner. Till we get that, GNOME will never be exactly very human friendly ;)
When? None can’t answer that. But it needs a small mericle to be ready in 3.10. Just a small one!
- Git: https://git.gnome.org/browse/gnome-software
- Design: https://live.gnome.org/Design/Apps/Software
A very similar to Gnome Clocks App, but it shows the weather rather than time. I think is a mistake to don’t have just one App for Weather and Time.
Till Weather App get ready you can have the amazing Weather Extension, that already works for 3.8!
- Weather Extension: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/613/weather/
- Git: https://git.gnome.org/browse/gnome-weather
- Design: https://live.gnome.org/Design/Apps/Weather
Notes or Bijiben is a very working excellent application. I am not quite sure why they didn’t push it on GNOME 3.8 (but it will be in 3.10), so everyone can use it. One of the most useful little apps ever!
Definitely the most well designed Gnome App I’ve seen so far. It can sync with a variety of Calendar Services or you just can use it as a fast agenda.
When? Yet another riddle ;)
- Git: https://git.gnome.org/browse/gnome-calendar
- Design: https://live.gnome.org/Design/Apps/Calendar
The revisited UI of Totem was supposed to be ready for 3.8, but it postponed for 3.10. Original plan was to make a Videos application from scratch.
Will it come in 3.10, won’t come, will come, won’t come.. ;)
All the above Apps (but Videos) are compiled today. So it is pretty much their current status. Their releasing dates and the features in most of them are depended of your contribution. Translating, Programming, Testing, Design, Donations ..or Praying if you are believers ;)
You can see all the upcoming GNOME Applications at:
- Apps: https://live.gnome.org/Design/Apps/
- Potential Apps: https://live.gnome.org/Design/Apps/Potential
- Design: https://github.com/gnome-design-team/gnome-mockups
Other interesting links includes:
- Design Playground: https://live.gnome.org/Design/Playground
- Shell Design Playground: https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/DesignerPlayground
And my personal favorite from playgrounds..
A Shell Extension that reads and auto completes the context menus of Applications, similar to Unity HUD. Actually someone has already started to work on that extension.
Background is from GNOME Collection, Sunset.
And all GNOME Backgrounds: