It seems everyone and their pet parrot has an opinion on what Ubuntu’s new Unity interface could be doing better right now.
But Sergey “Shnatsel” Davidoff did more than mock-up, moan or migrate to a different Shell entirely when “driven nuts” by Unity’s ‘inconsistent launcher-duplicating Dash’: he created a proof-of-concept implementation of his desired ‘old school gnome-menu-like Dash’.
Shnatsel explained where his work is at in a mail to us earlier today: -
“It’s just a proof-of-concept at the moment, because the category list is hard-coded and icons have fixed size (and a bit too large IMO) and Dash doesn’t handle content overflow properly. Moreover, I don’t know C++, so I won’t be able to finish this. But I hope someone will take up where I left.”
Interested? The code can be found at code.launchpad.net/~shnatsel/unity/old-school-dash-poc, along with further information on building it.
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