On Tue, 2007-05-08 at 08:44 +0200, Robert M. Albrecht wrote:
some things I would love to see improved:
Thanks for jumping right into this discussion. Your contribution is very
appreciated. Even cooler than a long list of things you would like to
see improved would be a shorter list of things you can imagine improving
yourself. With the new merged and more open Fedora, there is ample
opportunity for people outside of the desktop team to contribute.
- vpn and dialup integration for network manager
We are going to post our plans for NM work for Fedora 8 shortly.
- a gui for pairing with bluetooth devices
- a gui for setting up bluetooth and usb dialup devices (mobile phones)
for connecting to the internet
- a gui for setting up 3g networks (umts, ...) for internet access. This
could be an extension to system-config-network
Bastian already send a pointer to his Bluetooth writeup. A lot of
this depends on how well the SoC project for Bluetooth goes.
- faster boot when not connected to a network; many services are
starting really slow, if the network is down
- faster boot times at all
We are also going to post our plans for startup modernization in a bit.
- disabling root (like ubuntu), thus forcing the user to work as a
This is a really easy fix, just toggling a gdm setting. We might do this
by default for Fedora 8.
- some kind of backup tool, for the whole system or the users
- Integration of clamav in Evolution and Thunderbird
- support for encryption of user data ( /home/...)
Some of these things should probably be discussed in the wider context
of fedora-devel, since they are not really desktop specific.
- Ubuntu has two software installation tools. One shows the complete
repository, the other is intented for endusers. Listed are only
applications, with a rating, how well it integrates into the used gui,
... I think this is really cool. Many users are overwhelmed by that many
choices Pirut offers. Perhaps this could simply by a button in Pirut to
suppress libs or
- GUI for adding third party repositories
- GUI for managing raid configurations, Anacondo can to this, but only
at installation time. If you add a hdd after installation, you have to
use mdadm manually.
These sound all like good things. For improved software installation, I
hope that bigboards application browser can make a difference there.
- enable Gnomes NFS browsing (network places), in F7 only smb-browsing
seems to be enabled.
- enable more than three mouse-buttons
- enhancing the gui for extended keyboards
- a GUI for laptop-related things: laptop-mode, configuration
suspend2ram or suspend2disk, power-management, ...
Can you be more specific what you are missing here ?
- How do you envision the user interface to use a fourth mouse button
(apart from special applications that may need the extra button) ?
- What keyboard configuration are you missing (other than keyboard
layouts that actually match your keyboard) ?