More stuff from SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10…
As a laptop user, I like to know when a noteworthy event occurs on my system, such as a network connection or a power event. In SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, the events appear on the desktop like this (click for the full 1024×768 view):
The notice appears at the time of the event, then fades out after a couple of seconds. (I’ll note that the fade away is made very graceful by Xgl/Compiz’s fade effect.)
Close up, the notices look like this:
As multiple notices come in, say a low battery warning or the AC power becomes unplugged, any other notices that have not yet cleared get bumped up by the incoming notice. Looks a bit like this:
Overall, the net effect is a smooth and conservative method for informing the user about important events on their system.
In related news for people who live and die by the performance of their laptops, Robert Love has been making great strides to liberate us from the wall-tether. His superb work on wireless
and battery life are making life on SUSE Linux Desktop 10 so much better than on previous distributions, SUSE-based or not. For example, check out these posts from Robert to see some of the stuff he has recently done for wireless:
- NetworkManager managing four wireless cards at once
- Explanation of how NetworkManager uses paired SSID+MAC address of wireless access points in trusted lists, which prevents simple spoofing of trusted networks (LINKSYS or NETGEAR, for example)
- Support for wireless crypto, including WPA.
[Update 28JUN06: My bad. Robert tells me that he himself has done little work on battery life. It happened elsewhere.]