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GNOME Whiteboards: Calendar, Maps and Power Updates!

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Gnome Calendar

I will start from Calendar which in my opinion is the most well designed GNOME Application, and I think you all agree on that. At the moment Calendar can sync with the Google’s one and display the results, but can’t do much more than this yet.

Gnome-Calendar has copy many small features from other similar applications, it has improved these features and it manages to be simple and useful in a perfect line. People that never used Calendar Apps before, they will now, I bet on it!

Nothing can’t be useful without a search..

[caption id="attachment_14657" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Calendar_search_options Reda Lazri | 5 days ago[/caption]

Similar search filters with Gnome-Documents that make use of easy to add/remove tags as many web-apps do.

[caption id="attachment_14658" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Calendar_search_results Reda Lazri | Today[/caption]

Reda focuses on Mayan Prophecies and Aliens. Making jokes is the best way to tell the truth. Was Reda a believer? ;)

Results are displayed in a nice way, they have a map integration, and more results use a scroll bar.

Gnome Maps

Gnome Maps basically replaces Emerillon and it seems to use OpenStreetMap Open Maps framework. Firefox OS will go for their default Map App with HERE, after making a strategic partnership with NOKIA. HERE API will be also available for Android SDK and is expected to have some new patents and deals fights on this “area” ;)


[caption id="attachment_14659" align="aligncenter" width="640"]main-view-maps Andreas Nilsson | 6 days ago[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_14660" align="aligncenter" width="640"]search-maps Andreas Nilsson | 6 days ago[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_14661" align="aligncenter" width="640"]directions-maps Andreas Nilsson | 6 days ago[/caption]

Gnome Maps won’t come in GNOME 3.8 and is still on design state.

Power Settings

The new power settings might make it in GNOME 3.8 since there are already some patches. From Power Panel you will able to see the state of the battery in your plugged devices, like a wireless mouse. Also some options will be moved there and the current Brightness and Lock Panel in 3.6 settings will be removed. Lock Screen settings will be moved in Privacy Panel.

[caption id="attachment_14664" align="aligncenter" width="640"]power-hi-res-bat1 Allan Day | 6 days ago[/caption]

What if you have two batteries through an Ultrabay or USB? GNOME should be able to identify both and will place a “bolt” icon in the battery which is discharging.

[caption id="attachment_14665" align="aligncenter" width="640"]power-hi-res-bat2 Allan Day | 6 days ago[/caption]

I Can Get No Satisfaction Rolling Stones sing. You know this issue that you had to <Alt> for making visible the <Power Off> option, and all the complains that were raised from it. I was a bit bothered as well with that. Well, in GNOME 3.6  they did the opposite and you now have to <Alt> in order to <Suspend>. And I got again bothered since I decided that is most convenient for me to Suspend rather to Shutting Down..

Also MS recommends to users to Suspend and not Power Off their Win8 and in general is a good idea, since you boot faster and you can have your Apps and your work “On” at all times.

Sometimes you listen a small unimportant thing, you remember it for the next of your life, you just can’t forget it, and the worst part is that you have to share it ;)

About the <Alt>/<Power Off>; I had read once a bug report from a woman, that she was saying ,she couldn’t  Shutting Down her PC, because she was holding her baby with one hand.  I said it, I am feeling better now ;)

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  • Bastian Hougaard

    I agree that Suspend has that advantage, but I would really rather like Hibernation then, since that takes the best of both worlds. Save energy and keep the computer in the state it was left in.

    • alex285

      Hibernate needs more time to boot up and since you don’t have power issues, I don’t know how much more energy Suspend consumes.

      • Bastian Hougaard

        Valid point! I guess it’s all about how much one values boot-up time over energy saving. My general experience with Linux though, is that booting is much faster than on Windows so it’s personal not an issue for me. This is the reason to that I tend to prefer hibernation.

  • Reda Lazri

    I wasn’t a believer. But I am now. :D

  • P. Ferro

    I appreciate the new designs for System Settings and Calendar, but for some reason, the Maps redesign seems unpleasantly similar to an iOS application. I really hope that the design team takes a cue from whoever is working on the Calendar application, and decides to implement these ideas into Maps and the rest of the GNOME project.

  • hashem

    Where did you get this information? I couldn’t find it on

  • Aulia Ardianto

    Great!! they’re serious about moving to tablet!

  • Michael Heyns

    I hope I get to experience this soon! Looks beautiful!

  • Alex

    Why can’t they just put BOTH power off and suspend on the menu? Is it that hard?

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