Ticket #149 (closed enhancement: wontfix)

Opened 15 years ago

Last modified 13 years ago

Add terminal launcher to GNOME panel

Reported by: broder Owned by:
Priority: trivial Milestone: The Distant Future
Component: -- Keywords:
Cc: Fixed in version:
Upstream bug:


We should bring back the terminal launcher on the panel.

It's not the distribution default, but as was pointed out recently, Ubuntu tries to make the terminal unnecessary, while Athena has no such feature.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 15 years ago by wdc

We were also tracking this issue in ATN-26.
We closed it with WONTFIX because it seemed rather difficult to alter the defaults.

Is there something new we've discovered that makes this easy rather than hard?

comment:2 Changed 15 years ago by broder

  • Priority changed from major to low
  • Type changed from defect to enhancement

No, I had forgotten about that ticket.

I don't know of anything that makes it easier to do.

What puts the default Firefox and Evolution panel icons in place?

We've already had a couple users complain to us, and adding the terminal to the panel is the ~first thing I do when I sit down at an Ubuntu system I haven't configured already.

I guess I'm willing to drop the issue if it's technically hard, but I'd rather do that by moving the ticket out of the way (something like priority -=> low and type => enhancement) instead of closing the ticket entirely, so we don't forget about it if someone at some point has an epiphany.

comment:3 Changed 15 years ago by ghudson

The panel configuration is stored in gconf. Once you have a panel configuration, the system does not tamper with it as far as I know--so adding an icon for existing users would require some kind of clever gconftool-2 hackery in the dotfiles or something, and could frustrate people who don't want it added if we're not careful.

For new users, the panel configuration is copied from the gconf subtree /apps/panel/default_setup, which exists by virtue of a schema defined by the file /etc/gconf/schemas/panel-default-setup.entries, which is provided by the gnome-panel-data package. It would not be especially difficult to divert this file and edit it to include a terminal launcher.

It's worth considering whether adding the nautilus-open-terminal package reduces this to a question of user habit. Right-clicking and picking a menu option for terminal is about as convenient as clicking a launcher, although it's not as discoverable.

comment:4 Changed 15 years ago by broder

right click -> menu is one more click than just clicking a panel launcher</whine>

comment:5 Changed 15 years ago by jdreed

  • Component set to --
  • Milestone set to The Distant Future

comment:6 Changed 13 years ago by jdreed

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix
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