This isn’t Ready!
Following designs are tentative art, far from a completed solution. There is a good chance to change, postponed for future releases or even completely dropped. In any case you shouldn’t consider these as final!
Right now the Dropbox support under Gnome feels poor. We only have a Special Folder that shows a badge depending if files are sync-ed or are syncing. Message Tray doesn’t help either and it only notifies us about new files, or just open our Dropbox Local Folder.
- Make the Nautilus bookmark non-removable, and give it the main Dropbox context menu.
- Ensure that the Dropbox folder is opened in Nautilus when the Dropbox launcher is activated.
- Indicate status using symbolic icons in the sidebar – it will be enough to indicate when synchronising (icon – emblem-synchronizing-symbolic) and when there is an error (icon – dialog-error-symbolic) – status does not need to be given for the OK state.
- Don’t use a status icon, but carry on using notifications in the current manner.
Dropbox is always visible in bookmarks and a badge about the current state is visible. At this state is syncing.
There is also a Context Menu that shows some extra info. This will be also include in Message Tray.
Tip: On this Screenshot files and folders order is mixed. This is the default of Gnome 3.6. You can change that by:
Files Application Menu -> Preferences -> Views -> Sort Folders Before Files
Sync: I am huge fan of silent streaming rather hard synchronization in files. The files should be stored online, when the user “things” are local. Absolutely no reason (except special occasions) to keep the same files in 4-5 locations and sync them every time.
When this will arrive?
At this time this is just an early proposal. It has to be discussed, approved and someone has to step on it and implement it. So there isn’t any date available.
In quick: In Gnome, users shouldn’t be aware where their files are physical located, no matter if they are Local stored, or in Network or on Cloud (in any service, Dropbox, GDrive etc), Gnome should treat and discover them seamlessly. In my case, I cannot remember if I have saved a file in Dropbox or in Google Drive. I should type file metadata in Gnome Shell Search and let Gnome do the rest. This is the approach that Gnome 3 follows.
In quick: Gnome tries to approach a hybrid Cloud Local Desktop metaphor. It can sync with every Cloud Service -and treat it as one and the same- by offering the Desktops Programming abilities and speed. This is the future of Desktop and the advantage over a web-services, because an online service just can’t do that. You will never be able to search and open a Hotmail e-mail from Google’s frond end.
Chrome OS follows pretty much the same approach. The advantage of Gnome over Chrome is that you can use more than one browser. Applications in the short future (HTML5) will be browser specific or will require Browser Plugins -kinda what happens with extensions.
Gnome grows unpopular
In quick: This is what many professional “Journalists”, say. I will skip my opinion for a guy that is self-announced as professional Tech News Journalist and I am just wondering.
- Did Ubuntu become better by dropping Gnome3?
- Would Android be famous if Google hasn’t bought Android Inc?
- If Google had offered Gnome3 instead of Chrome OS, Gnome 3 would grow popular?
- Is Canonical’s Company Model healthy by being funded from a single person that happens to love Open Source and being millionaire?
- Has anyone count if people (and specially new users) like or not Gnome 3 more than Gnome 2?
Hey professional Journalists! Everything is so simple as marketing. Or Gnome 2 series had 90% of the market share and it now has 2% (with Gnome 3) and I don’t know it?