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Simple Desktop Mockup

  

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Simple Desktop Mockup
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Simple Desktop Mockup
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Simple Desktop Mockup
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Downloads:  31
Submitted:  Sep 9 2008
Updated:  Sep 10 2008

Description:

I did this mockup as a way to show an idea of what I miss in Linux desktops, and as a way to inspire a change mainly in gnome.

Respecting to the mockups, the only difference between the two is the location bar of the file manager. One with the bar like buttons and another with the editable bar.


Top panel:
I wanted to give a better use to the panel like a place to put menus instead icons as this becomes redundant having a dock at the bottom of the desktop which can fulfil that role much better.

The top panel may have the ability to add menus and submenus dragging and dropping them from the "all menu" or through a manager operated from the panel by clicking the right mouse.

As is tradition in the gnome panel, next to the clock would be the icons of the applications that are currently running.


File manager:
To the left, the file manager has a panel with places, while to the right it shows information and metadata of the files with preview.

At upper right, the filter field allows you to find instantly what you want while you are typing.

At the bottom of the file manager, you can change the type of view of the icons, and resize icons or thumbnails.




Changelog:

I upload a draw indicating the relevant features.

The download file include the three draws.




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 Interesting concept

 
 by eitreach on: Sep 9 2008
 
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And it isn't 'theme-branded' - very nice.

I can't say anything negative about this. It's different, but not unnessecsarily different. It looks to be a productive environment, where everyone should be able to get things done no matter what skills they have.

Voted good. I hope this will be taken into consideration by the Gnome-devs.

It shouldn't even take that much work, seeing one can already add menus to panels.

And finally, a Gnome-native dock.. Definetly interesting.


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 Re: Interesting concept

 
 by cypherpunk on: Sep 9 2008
 
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Too many menus along the top, it looks largely inspired by OSX, which is hard to duplicate because of patents!


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 Re: Re: Interesting concept

 
 by eitreach on: Sep 9 2008
 
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The look & feel-period is long gone and over.

What patents should be worried about? Is there really a patent for rounded corners and a visual placeholder for icons located at the bottom of the screen?


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 I would love this set up

 
 by randavance on: Sep 10 2008
 
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This would look great with just clear looks theming it. I personally have been doing just a top bar for a few years now and love it. I'm a bit too much of a minimalist for a preview section to be my taste though.

The thing that's really holding us back from doing stuff like this is Gnome Panel. After YEARS of minimal upgrades it still...

- can't reside below windows (so a design like this would suck when a window is full screened).
- has no real width control except "expand" and "don't expand".
- has those stupid little gray nubs at the sides when it's not expanded.


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 Ok, but

 
 by freakcode on: Sep 11 2008
 
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This looks exactly as Mac OS for me. Every little idea there: the menubar, the dock, the icon size slider, the spotlight... it all exists in another product. I'm not saying that it's bad, or good. But how is this actually a *new* idea?

If Gnome just copies Mac OS UI, it will be only a rip-off. Why don't we use the original then?

I would like to see original ideas for Gnome instead.


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 Re: Ok, but

 
 by davidcs on: Sep 12 2008
 
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There are many original ideas over there but, how many of them are really simple, useful and factible?


If you can joke about something very important, you have achieved freedom.
- Maurice Bejart. 1927

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 Re: Ok, but

 
 by davidcs on: Sep 12 2008
 
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Something original is necessarily better? There are many original ideas over there but, how many of them are really simple, useful and factible?


If you can joke about something very important, you have achieved freedom.
- Maurice Bejart. 1927

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 Re: Re: Ok, but

 
 by freakcode on: Sep 18 2008
 
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Repeating my comment, so you better understand it.

"Every little idea there: the menubar, the dock, the icon size slider, the spotlight... it all exists in another product. ***I'm not saying that it's bad, or good.*** But how is this actually a *new* idea?"

We're just incrementing over and over the desktop paradigm invented at Xerox in 70's. How is it good today? Did you know that in most usability tests, users don't understand correctly the desktop and folders concept, and always struggle to find where they put their files? And how Apple "fixed" it on Mac OS? Spotlight. It's not more than a increment to overcome a concept flaw.

So, Windows and Mac OS next major iterations are going to be released years in advance.

If this is a brainstorm for Gnome, we should be thinking YEARS in advance too, instead of doing a pout-porri of today's solutions by other desktop vendors for broken concepts that don't work today, and will work much less in the future.


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 Clone?

 
 by helmuthdu on: Sep 12 2008
 
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So,
If we put a bottom bar with a button for access the menu, are we cloning windows? Like KDE do ?Or do you think openoffice's developers make everything new when they decide to create it? I don't think so!
I belive the "Mac Concept" is good, then why not use it for us? and make it better and better?


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 Nice

 
 by funrun73 on: Jan 10 2009
 
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I don't care what's from another product/os... at least you are exploring the possible layouts.

The best ideas here are in the file manager. I think the minimalist approach is badly needed on smaller screens. Perhaps consider refining and moving the menu up into the menu bar to gain another line.

As an idea - could the zoom of icon be a way to control the amount of visible data?

- Zoom out furthest is the tight columns of filenames,
- then to not so tight columns,
- then to the list view,
- then to icon view,
- then to greatest zoom in as an icon with file details (like snippets, MP3 tags, author, etc).


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