Desktop future FUDConF11 BarCamp session 20090110

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gnome-shell

  • gnome2 = good regular release cycle
  • rewritten every component of gnome at least once
  • people don't "see" things changing
    • easier to make technological changes, but not user experience changes
  • why JavaScript?
    • not having class libraries is important to not step on GNOME class libraries
    • sandboxing
    • untied to heavier PyGTK apps
    • attraction to JS developers
    • side-stepped language fights
    • good competition in JS engines (cf. python, ruby)

wayland

A shell for X servers, that can recursively run a Wayland instance as a server instead.

  • Precise protocol for ensuring every frame is rendered correctly, cf. X.
    • Specific design goal