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Re: Bug#895348: gnome-panel: Description has been misleading since GNOME 3

Hi all,

On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 10:38:49PM +0100, Justin B Rye wrote:
> But most of my changes are just attempts to squeeze it into fewer
> lines:
>       GNOME Flashback continues the traditional desktop user interface
>       of GNOME 2, for hardware that would struggle with GNOME 3.
>       .
>       The GNOME Panel (replaced in GNOME 3 by the GNOME Shell) is an
>       essential part of GNOME Flashback, providing the desktop with
>       attachable sidebars. They are used to launch applications and embed
>       various other functions, such as quick launch icons, the clock, the
>       notification area, volume controls and the battery charge indicator,
>       plus utilities ranging from weather forecasts to system monitors.
> Then again, are the "quick launch icons" separate from the mechanism
> for launching applications, or is this repetition?  Is there a
> significant distinction between "functions" like the battery monitor
> and "utilities" like the system monitor?  Perhaps it should be
> something like:
>       attachable sidebars. They provide quick launch icons for applications,
>       and can embed various other functions, such as the notification area,
>       volume controls, the clock, and displays for the weather, battery life,
>       and other system monitors.
> (Or should it mention wifi?)

I have connected your suggestions, the description on upstream site [1], and
my own thoughts on this, and the result is this description:

Description: traditional panel, used in GNOME Flashback
 GNOME Flashback continues the traditional desktop interface which was used
 in GNOME 2.x, but using the modern GNOME technologies.
 GNOME Panel is a part of the GNOME Flashback desktop, and provides panels
 and default applets for the desktop. A panel is a horizontal or vertical
 bar that can be added to each side of the screen. A panel can contain
 various applets, such as the menu bar, application launch icons, the clock,
 volume controls, displays for the network connectivity, battery level, and
 other system monitors.

Also Simon asked me on IRC:

> <smcv> mitya57: it would be great if at least gnome-(session-)?flashback
> (but perhaps not -panel etc.) also had a very brief mention of the reason(s)
> to prefer -flashback over other GNOME forks
> <smcv> mitya57: presumably the advantage of flashback over GNOME 3 is either
> that it's better for change-averse users, or better for old hardware, or
> some mixture of the two?

So I also propose the following description for the gnome-session-flashback

Description: tranditional desktop session based on GNOME technologies
 GNOME Flashback continues the traditional desktop interface which was used
 in GNOME 2.x, but using the modern GNOME technologies.
 The key parts of GNOME Flashback are the GNOME Panel and the Metacity
 window manager. All other components, such as the file manager, the
 settings center and the various applications, are coming from mainstream
 GNOME Flashback has lower hardware requirements than GNOME Shell, and
 consumes less memory.
 This package contains the required components for the GNOME Flashback
 session. It can be started from a display manager such as GDM.

Do these descriptions sound good from English point of view?

[1]: https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomePanel

Dmitry Shachnev

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