[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Future features for Maemo Desktop (Task Navigator, Home, Status bar)?

From: Kees Jongenburger kees.jongenburger at gmail.com
Date: Sun Aug 20 17:31:28 EEST 2006
On 8/18/06, Karoliina Salminen <karoliina at karoliinasalminen.com> wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> I am now collecting some ideas for future development of the UI framework.
> If you have any features that you'd like to see in the future in the
> components mentioned on the topic (Task Navigator, Home, Status bar),
> please send your feature requests/ideas to me: karoliina.t.salminen at
> nokia.com or reply them on this list for further discussion. So now is
> your chance to affect to which direction you'd like us to develop the
> desktop UI framework. Also if you have any ideas for plug-in APIs,
> bindings etc. anything you'd wish  to see there in the future, please let
> me know. The sooner the better, so if you have something in your mind now,
> please let me know now (meaning Today if possible).
> No matter if you are developer or end user or both, I am waiting for your
> ideas and comments with a great interest - "What do you want?". Thanks in
> advance!
Hi ,

The maemo platform being based on GNU/Linux I think there are enough
applications available for the device(vnc, ssh , music player, games
much much more).  And I also think there are enough hackers around to
port applications and use the n770 for different purposes. What's
really new (to me) is the small device and the way you must interact
with the device (stylus etc). I would say that the UI should try to
support the existing GNU applications by making it easy write wrappers
for them. The requirement that really come to my mind is that the UI
must be scriptable so that GUI people can create wrappers around
programs without needing to know the whole cross-compile/debian thing.
And if I find a broken gui program I can launch vi and fix it.  just
javascript or beter ruby:) gui programming.  The UI should also try to
mimic things linux users are used to do on the command line. starting
and stopping a program with perhaps some arguments should be really
fun and easy , perhaps dragging an icon to the right side of an home
applet to start for example , and dragging it back to stop it.

The power also comes from the Look&feel and scriptable applets can
really make a difference because more (less geeky) people can join the
effort and have fun. Perhaps all that is needed is an ajax/dhtml
component a small webserver and an installation method :). And it
that's to much work perhaps java bindings might not be such a bad idea
so at least people don't have to cross-compile/package

/me after many many hour of learing all that nice stuff.
It takes so much time that I really don't have time to do the fun part anymore

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