That time has come again, with the confirmation of a stable release, to start thinking about the next version. So I would like to hear what you, the users, liked and didn't like about the "Felicia" release, where you think we could make improvements, what new features you would like to see in the "Gloria" release, general brain storming, etc.
I have a few ideas, some of them given by you... I will have much less time for this release as I will be having final exams at the end of this year so I need to hit the books hard.
Here is a list of what I would like to see in Gloria... and I will update this list as the discussion goes on.
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* Return of the Fluxbox menu to a Python base. I didn't know much Python and that is why the current menu system is in Bash. Though it works much better than the "Elyssa" version (which was in Python), menu generation is much slower. I am still learning Python... and will see how it goes.
* Themes: Currently, our GTK theme does not work perfectly with Firefox... and this is Firefox's bug. I have filed a bug report with Mozilla. Hope they fix it soon. Still, I would like to use a theme that uses a faster engine like Murrine. I like the current Fluxbox style a lot but I am still open to change. Looking good is a feature!
* Wallpaper: I hope we will get an awesome new default wallpaper for Gloria. As much as I like the current wallpaper, I think the black background is starting to get long in the tooth. Anyway, most probably, I will use the default wallpaper for Mint's "Gloria" releases. So, artsy folks, get to work in time for the Gloria Main edition! I want something mind blowing!
* Have a custom GUI tool for configuring various aspects of the system. I want this to include Fluxbox configurations (startup, themes, toolbar and slit configs, etc), menu configuration, desktop wallpaper configuration, other minor things that currently require manual editing of config files. Of course, manual editing should be possible if you wish. My idea is to have this tool as modular as possible so that we can build it one piece at a time and allow installation of modules independently. If you know any Python please help me out
. This is probably my biggest vision for this CE and I would really like to see this come to fruition. Oh, and it will be closed source and cost $29.99. Just kidding
* I am not yet sure how or if it is possible, but I would like to implement a feature similar to the Mint Main edition's 'right click in the menu to uninstall' feature. This is still in the thinking stage...
* As for application selection, I think Merlwiz does an excellent job in choosing the best applications for the XFCE CE and so I will make as few changes as possible to his ISOs and base this CE on that... like I did for the current release. This gives me more time to concentrate on what really needs work. I will still go for MPD, Abiword, Gnumeric and Sylpheed unless there is a compelling reason not to, while keeping the rest identical to the XFCE CE.
* Have better documentation. Already I have started a few pages in the Mint Wiki
that are specific to the Fluxbox CE. Please use it, refer others to it and also contribute! Phonicboom has already added a few handy tweaks. Thanks! On this point, I was also thinking of having a short video tutorial on the Live CD and in the installed system to help new users get started. And just yesterday I discovered Salasaga
. It creates animated Flash presentations which can then be easily viewed in Firefox. It is very easy to use, available in the Intrepid repos and since it is mostly vector graphics, file size should be reasonable. If someone can take up the challenge I would be most grateful. Otherwise, it will be done only if time allows. I think this would be very useful for the other Mint editions as well.
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That about covers what's floating in my head right now.
I would love to hear your feedback and ideas.