Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Mar 2011 18:59 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y And over the weekend, the saga regarding Canonical, GNOME, and KDE has continued. Lots of comments all over the web, some heated, some well-argued, some wholly indifferent. Most interestingly, Jeff Waugh and Dave Neary have elaborated on GNOME's position after the initial blog posts by Shuttleworth and Seigo, providing a more coherent look at GNOME's side of the story.
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RE[4]: Duck and Cover
by _txf_ on Tue 15th Mar 2011 11:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Duck and Cover"
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The problem was "there are too many applications creating icons in the systray/creating custom panel applets, they all behave in slightly different & inconsistent ways, and there is no straightforward way for an application developer to indicate the state of his application across different desktop environments without redoing a bunch of work".

XEmbed is an implementation detail.

Certainly that is the case, it doesn't matter what the old implementation was Xembed etc. the thing was every app decided how their icon was drawn in the systray instead of the shell choosing what was the best representation.

It should be up to the DE to choose how this information is displayed to the user be that using a systray, floating icons, whatever. The spec as I understand it left that completely open enabling people maximum flexibility (and hopefully enable cool stuff in the process) instead of a rigid systray2 approach.

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