Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2007 22:10 UTC
Gnome "Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 2.18, the latest version of the popular, multi-platform Free desktop environment." The GNOME 2.18 start page has all the details, such as release notes, download locations, and screenshots.
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Have they fixed the shortcuts?
by Lobotomik on Thu 15th Mar 2007 08:17 UTC
Lobotomik
Member since:
2006-01-03

The shortcuts for plug-in drives or bookmarks are very badly implemented in Gnome. They might appear or not in the file chooser, and the applications might know how to load and save from them or not.

Example: The CD-writer asks for a place where to drop the generated ISO file. I want to drop it in my flash bar, which appears as an icon on the desktop, so I navigate to the desktop in the file chooser, but the flash bar is not there. Where is it? Well, somewhere in the file system hierarchy, possibly /media/sda1, definitely not where aunt Tillie would look. Workaround? Create the ISO in the desktop, then drag and drop to the flashbar icon.

Maybe they should base gnome's VFS on Fuse, so that all the virtual new paths and units would be visible to any app, even console apps, with no need for trekking all over the filing system.

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nutshell42 Member since:
2006-01-12

Maybe they should base gnome's VFS on Fuse, so that all the virtual new paths and units would be visible to any app, even console apps, with no need for trekking all over the filing system.

They should replace gnomeVFS and kio-slaves with a unified, DBUS based protocol for accessing stuff (many of the more useful things you can do with a VFS need more information than is available through basic file operations; for example streaming content vs. copying it; should the backend keep a resource mounted, for how long etc.), that uses a Fuse (or something similar) backend for virtual mounts, that are accessible by all programs.

Ideally, the backend would be split up in a provider that does the mounting and plugins that access the data source; those plugins could be written in any language (otherwise you'd be losing half your developers) and could more easily do some funky data mining (e.g. a plugin that runs an html parser and takes a webpage -let's say osnews.com- as source, puts the text of the page in a file but also provides every link as a subdirectory -in this case the directory osnews.com would have a text.html file and a bunch of subdirs, one of them called "GNOME 2.18 Released").

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ubit Member since:
2006-09-08

I agree with this, FUSE would seem to fix a lot of annoying problems with gnomevfs.

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