Hardware information applet... anyone working on it?

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 17:18:04 UTC 2009

Following that whole "let's tidy the notification area" idea, I have the
feeling that the biggest offenders now are the standard hardware
applets. On my notification area right now I have Network Manager,
Bluetooth, Battery Level, Sound and Typing Break. Only one of these is a
notification. The others are persistent system status data that is
necessary, often in flux, but totally irrelevant to notifications as in
appointments and breaks.

It would REALLY help if there was a different applet for hardware
information. There, in theory, users would be able to access hardware
devices connected to their computer; printers, sound (with the
new-fangled gnome volume control applet), networking, power, etc. (Maybe
even mounted disks?). The end result would be a completely purified
notification area by default, allowing it to be used for actual
notifications again.
Further, this could (in theory) give users a one-stop-shop for all
things physically attached to their computers so they know where to look
after connecting new hardware.

Perhaps a worthy target for Karmic. Is anyone doing this? (Or is there a
spec I can gawk at?)

Dylan McCall
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