Jaunty’s sexy new notifications are loved by some and hated by others but nonetheless will continue to be part of Ubuntu for the foreseeable future.
Mark Shuttleworth (Ubuntu founder) kicked off a discussion on the Ayatana mailinglist on how to improve the little application alerts for the next Ubuntu release due in October.
A preliminary blueprint has been published detailing the plan for the next version of the notifications. The key areas that developers are looking at improving over the next six months are: -
* experimenting with better positioning for the notification bubbles
* improving the appearance and behavior (making composited bubbles more obviously unclickable, and non-composited bubbles classier)
* implementing the duration rules, so that notifications with longer text are shown for longer
* better handling of long backlogs of notifications
* investigating whether we can use non-critical priorities for anything useful
* helping to get the FreeDesktop.org notifications specification to 1.0
* a Qt implementation
* investigating a “do-not-disturb” mode
* accessibility, e.g. sound theme compliance and maybe alt text for icons
* media key confirmation bubbles (Play, Pause, Previous, Next)
* suppressing bubbles when any window is full-screen
* a test suite for the rendering layer.
Sounds pretty sweet to me!
I like the idea of being able to position notifications in other places. Growl on OS X lets you do this and i always choose to have my alerts appear at the bottom. No rational justification, just i like them there! Likewise the idea of being able to enter a ‘do not disturb’ mode to quiten any the popups would be a good step; when viewing a video fullscreen, i can always tell if an alert is being displayed in the background because the screen will flicker – being able to queue or cancel notifications during moments where i wouldn’t see them anyway would be welcome.