Getting a usability patch into gnome-panel package?

William Lachance wrlach at
Fri Feb 8 16:36:58 GMT 2008

On Fri, 2008-02-08 at 13:36 +0000, Greg K Nicholson wrote:
> > doesn't it make sense to remove the "Lock"
> > option on individual applets at the same time?
> Yes; such a design is described on Gnome Live:

Interesting, this does seem like an improvement upon what I was
originally advocating for, though I wonder if it might be confusing for
a global option ("Lock Panel") to appear in the context menu for an
individual applet? Any thoughts on this?

> Another (in my opinion, better) approach would be to copy xfce: xfce's
> panel items are arranged according to their *order* rather than their
> *position*. There are flexible spacers to move items to the end of the
> panel. This is very similar to Firefox's and Evince's approach to
> editing toolbars.

I like how this sounds in principle. I'd have to try playing around with
XFCE to see how well it works in practise. Even if it does turn out to
be the "right way" to do things, what do you think about the above
design as an interim solution? In terms of difficulty of implementation,
we're talking about the difference between hours and weeks. 
William Lachance <wrlach at>
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