Getting a usability patch into gnome-panel package?

William Lachance wrlach at
Wed Feb 6 20:06:05 GMT 2008

Hi there,

A while back I fixed up a patch originally written by Novell to GNOME
panel, which makes it impossible to move without unlocking it first (the
default setting is locked). This prevents the user from inadvertently
moving the panel when (e.g.) they're just trying to open an application.


The patch:

Screenshot of lockdown in action:

From what I understand, the upstream merge window for ui changes has
passed, so it doesn't look like it's going into Gnome 2.22, and will
have to wait for 2.24. In the mean time, would it be possible to add it
as a patch to gnome-panel in Ubuntu for Hardy? If so, what would be the
process for getting it in?

This really is a serious usability problem: it's tripped up my
girlfriend at least once, and you can see lots of complaints in the bugs
about this happening to other people as well. I'd really love to see it
William Lachance <wrlach at>
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