Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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Disappointed
by jackflap on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:22 UTC
jackflap
Member since:
2008-11-04

Very disappointed that Ubuntu wasn't mentioned in '5. No unified notification tray'.

The new ubuntu notification daemon is one of the key innovations since Ubuntu 9.04. It's a shame they looked over it completely.

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RE: Disappointed
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:24 in reply to "Disappointed"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It's not an innovation. It's a copy of Growl, but a hell of a lot more broken (i.e., no configurability AT ALL).

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RE[2]: Disappointed
by saucerful on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 21:02 in reply to "RE: Disappointed"
saucerful Member since:
2008-06-12

Ubuntu's notify-osd is just a fancier (read: supports transparency) implementation of the libnotify/notification daemon framework, which according to the release history was at version 0.3.4 in February 2006 (http://www.galago-project.org/news/index.php). I'm having a hard time figuring out when Growl was first released... but a few different news items lead me to believe 2005. I think they are both copies (perhaps improvements upon) of the windows bubble notifications, anyhow.

The point is Growl is not an innovation either.

As for the lack configurability, if its even true, then it's a shortcoming of Ubuntu's implementation in notify-osd, not the libnotify framework. For example, the implementation in the Awesome window manager is very customizable. It's also very powerful. For example, with a couple lines of scripting I can set it up to monitor any file (since this is unix, that means anything happening at all) on my system (e.g. a log file) and print any new lines to the notification system.

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