The "GNOME Wishlist"
So the every amusing OSNews is running a GNOME Wishlist. Sigh. Where do I start?
Nautilus 2.6 will support funky new plugins, with a clean API and decent menu merging. I though Eugenia was keeping up with Nautilus development, she certainly posts on nautilus-list now and again.
It's not finished -- either help make it totally rock by commenting/fixing/patching, or wait until is it finished.
The standard rant about "viewports" and "workspaces". Again. Jesus people, ask for a feature and not the name for a subset of available features that you have used before. Please. I'm about to ask God to extend his kitten-killing to Metacity... For glueing windows to the corner of the screen... well, press shift once you are close to the corner and it will magically glue itself, without snapping to the windows it sees en route.
Eugenia's comments are pretty useless: "...is pretty bad". Not really a comprehensive UI review, but thanks anyway. But that's not what I'm confused about -- I'm confused about the number of people who think that the "Frobnicate this file" check box in Frederico's example screenshot is part of the default UI! Please engage brain before posting. What would "frobnicating" do to a document I opened in gedit? In galeon? Did you ever consider the possibility that this widget is an example of an extra widget the developer can add to the file selector?
Volume and Showdesktop Icons
Honestly, compared against some of the bugs in GNOME this is laughable. Extract the patch from Red Hat, and file it as a bug upstream. It will probably be applied. Not Hard Work.
"Glade is junk, end of story" -- Eugenia. Right. Personally I consider Glade to be a wonderful interface designer, and makes coding GTK+ interfaces trivial. I hope this isn't referring to the "Generate Source" button in Glade, which is generally considered to be A Bad Idea when using C.
Personally, I hope that Eclipse's C support will mature and someone integrates Glade somehow, even if it is just a button to launch the binary. But I'm happy with Glade + libglade + xemacs.
Copy/Paste still misbehaves after all these years
File bugs! There is no fundamental reason why copy and paste shouldn't work, as is shown by the recent gaim hacking to copy right text to/from the gaim chat window into the Evolution composer.
A search button for gconf-editor could be handy, but generally tried looking in /apps/[app-name]?
Samba on Nautilus
GNOME 2.4 I believe had a new smb: implementation, and in GNOME 2.6 it will rock even more.
Rhythmbox and Totem
"Use the XMMS visualization plugins" -- not possible. It is impossible to link GTK+ 1.2 and GTK+ 2.x code in the same binary.
"Totem ... use either Gstreamer or Xine on the fly" -- why? I'd say that everything GStreamer can play, Xine can play. If you want a player for everything, use Xine. In the future when GStreamer has the required features, we'll all be able to switch over to that instead.
"I would like Totem to recognize the file format and show an alert to the user "would you like to download from the web these formats and install them?" -- Totem already does this when it can, and has done so for a long time.
The usual minor issues which get blown out of all proportion as show-stopping bugs for the entire desktop. File a bug, create a patch, do something!
Text and Video Messaging Integration
I think the gnomemeeting maintainer covered this one...
GNOME the desktop is going towards tools to help end-users. Thus we have nautilus-cd-burner which is wonderful for the very common task of "burn these files". I have a patch (honest, I do) for Rhythmbox which lets that burn audio CDs from playlists. I don't see the need for a fully-featured 100% coverage CD burning tool in the GNOME desktop.