Linked by Antonio Ospite on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:35 UTC
Gnome Antonio Ospite explores Gnome 3 in fall-back mode and tries to make it look and behave more like Gnome 2.32 again. This summer Linus Torvalds made it to the news for complaining about the gnome-shell design; Gnome fall-back mode is the solution for those like Linus who can't - or better, do not want to - use gnome-shell just yet.
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Apple Plist, Lazy Loading
by gumoz on Sat 22nd Oct 2011 16:12 UTC
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Regarding XML vs Bin
That is one advantage of Apple's Plist XML Files, they can be XML or they can be Opaque Binaries, they can be interchanged and converted back and forth seamlessly.

Regarding Startup Time
You should use some kind of lazy loading methodology of just starting the services as they are needed (similar to Apple LaunchD, etc). in the case of the shell that could be done, you first see a launchbar (Start Menu, Dock, or whatever) then you load the shell, then you load the window manager and finally the desktop. (This exact order is not a requirement it should be smart enough to give priority depending on the services (I also mean GUI Services) and order programmed for startup, it should also show a little bar that allows you to easily calibrate startup priority.

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