Notification spec issue: Ability to assign an icon *and* an image to a notification

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Wed Jun 24 12:46:58 PDT 2009

On Wednesday 24 June 2009, you wrote:
> I haven't really followed the entire thread there so can't comment on
> this use in particular.  However, I'd like to point out that KDE
> shouldn't be using org.freedesktop.ScreenSaver (it is currently) since
> we never reached consensus on what that should be.

fair point; let me add some context to the situation:

* the interface implemented in KDE 4 was modeled after what is in GNOME 
Screensaver[1] quite purposefully and, as i understand it, in communication 
with people working on GNOME (i believe this work was done @ Novell, in fact)

* we did not go with our own interface as it was in KDE3 since we were in the 
process of switching over to DBus and in a major dev cycle anyways (so had a 
good time for such flexibility) and we figured it was more pragmatic to go 
with the tried and tested interface API from GNOME Screensaver than to try and 
do something new or request changes in GNOME Screensaver during a stable 
release cycle on their part

* the intention as it was communicated to me at the time was that this 
interface name was going to be used by GNOME as well in the future.

now, if there is objection to the use of this service name, i am happy to 
change it to org.kde.ScreenSaver. given that it's directly modeled off of the 
GNOME implementation, that would seem a little funny given that the sensible 
thing to do here would be for GNOME ScreenSaver to also register 
org.freedesktop.ScreenSaver, but you're absolutely right that it needs express 
communal blessing.

note, however, that org.freedesktop.ScreenSaver did _not_ come about as the 
will and whim of one project or without communication. lacking any process for measuring consensus makes it all a bit 
"seat of the pants", but there are ways to fix that too.


Aaron J. Seigo
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