Applets Transition

Some functionality of actual gnome applets could be moved to the correct place in GNOME3

This is the previus analysis done by owen in this thread.

Ideas can be written inline.

Some interesting applets

Information Display

We have a few applets that display information to the user; the set of conceivable applets that do this is almost indefinitely extensible (look at available Google gadgets), but not within the scope of a 24-pixel panel. (Note that you have to click on 2 out of the three listed here to actually get the information.)

  • Invest: should be a standalone app?
  • System Monitor: move to gnome-settings-daemon?
  • Weather Monitor
  • sensor-applet: move to gnome-settings-daemon?

Specialized UI Enhancements

We also have a number of applets that add controls to the panel. Some of these are more useful than others, but they are generally genuinely useful to some set of people.

  • Character Palette
  • Dictionary Lookup
  • Pilot Applet
  • Sticky Notes
  • Time Tracker
  • Tomboy Notes
  • Glipper

The rest


We have quite a few applets that either I don't know what they do or I'm embarrassed to know what they do. I have no trouble with this stuff existing, but it shouldn't be mixed in with useful stuff on a default install, and it's outside the scope of design.

  • Brightness applet
  • CPU Frequency Scaling Monitor
  • Command Line
  • Drawer
  • Dwell Click
  • Force Quit
  • Inhibit Applet
  • Pointer Capture


These are similar to "Crack" except that their operation could easily be explained to non-geeks. (if not their existence)

  • Eyes
  • Fish

Parts of the Core UI

Quite a few of the available "applets" just make up things that we expect always to be there. The user doesn't want to remove or add them.

(Obviously not everything here is part of the default panel, because of design indecision.)

  • Clock
  • Keyboard Accessibility Status
  • Keyboard Indicator
  • Main Menu
  • Menu Bar
  • Notification Area
  • Show Desktop
  • Trash
  • User Switcher
  • Workspace Switcher
  • Window List
  • Window Selector

Desktop design copouts

Then there are applets that are about making it marginally faster to do things that should be obvious and fast to do without an applet to do them. If these are useful, we've misdesigned.

  • Connect to a Server...
  • Disk Mounter
  • Lock Screen
  • Log Out...
  • Run Application...
  • Search for Files...
  • Shutdown..

Projects/GnomeShell/Design/AppletsTransition (last edited 2015-10-20 14:57:32 by AllanDay)