Orbital 0.1

Kristian Høgsberg krh at bitplanet.net
Mon Jan 27 11:42:15 PST 2014

On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 6:59 AM, Giulio Camuffo <giuliocamuffo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Given the low activity on the list these days I hope noone will be
> angry if I send a mail not directly related to Wayland or Weston. :)

No, that most welcome, I encourage everybody working on wayand related
project to post here.  I'm also fine with wayland related projects
using the list for development discussion and patch review (like we'll
do with libinput [1]).

As for the low activity, I expect we'll get back to the usual
noise-level as 1.5 development ramps up again. Since the 1.4 alpha in
mid December and now, a lot of people were out on vacation and then it
was crunch-mode for the 1.4 release.

> Some months ago I announced here the birth of Orbital, a shell plugin
> for Weston and a shell client made with Qt.
> Today I instead announce the first alpha release, version 0.1. It is
> nowhere near finished or complete, but it is not pre-pre-alpha quality
> code anymore.
> Compared to the first announcement there are some changes:
> - added hotspots for triggering desktop effects
> - improved the workspaces grid effect thanks to weston_view
> - added applets for changing the audio volume and for mounting and
> unmounting block devices
> - a new default style
> - session support: Orbital will load the clients that were open when
> it was closed
> - added a splash screen
> - added the Italian translation
> - made every dependency aside Qt and Weston optional (logind, ALSA, Solid).
> I have also split the repository, moving the Weston plugin, now called
> Nuclear, to its own one. The purpose is to allow it to be used with
> third party shell clients, if anyone wants to.
> The things I want to do next are:
> - implement xdg_shell
> - clip the surfaces to their own workspace geometry
> - add a graphical screenshooter client and possibly a screencaster one too
> - fix bugs
> - ...
> On [0] you can see some screenshots I made, while you can see an older
> screencast on [1].
> Tarballs:
> - Orbital: https://github.com/giucam/orbital/archive/v0.1.tar.gz
> - Nuclear: https://github.com/nuclide/nuclear/archive/v0.1.tar.gz
> [0]: http://min.us/m7qsx2pHqpImB
> [1]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd1hguj2bPE
> Giulio

Looks great, thanks for sharing!


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