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New GNOME Status Notifications

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):

Event Notification on SLED10

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:

Wireless Connection smart noticeOff AC smart notice

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:

GNOME smart status notifications

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:

[Update 28JUN06: My bad. Robert tells me that he himself has done little work on battery life. It happened elsewhere.]


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