Some feature ideas, contribute or fork?

Asked by Donarsson on 2013-10-24

I recently installed the indicator applet. I really like the concept, but it lacks a some things that make it really annoying and inconvenient to use for me. These are the things I'd like to have:

1) The ability to filter by application, title and body ¹
2) The ability to set timeouts (global or filter rule), after which the notification will disappear
3) The ability to keep only the last x notifications (per application or filter rule)
4) Only collect notifications when the user is inactive (but allow filter rules for always collect)
5) Group notifications by application (or filter rules)
6) Open the corresponding application when clicking an item
7) Provide a configuration GUI
8) On Ubuntu, follow the application indicator design guidelines (blue instead of green for new items, like the messaging menu)

Are these ideas compatible with your intentions for further development of Recent Notifications, or would I be better off forking the project instead of contributing? (I would likely still contribute desired changes back.)

¹ I am aware this is already a blueprint and will probably work on it soon (but I still have to get familiar with the code as a whole first).

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Jason Conti (jconti) said : #1

I think all of those ideas would be great additions to the indicator. I don't really work on the code much anymore unless people encounter bugs or request uploads for new Ubuntu versions, so if you'd like to fork it and hack away at new features that would be fine with me, but I'd also be happy to check out any code changes/merge requests you have.

So it is really up to you and what you want to do. I will mention I did start on the blueprint a long time ago in the vala gnome panel applet, so some of that code may be salvageable. I had planned on combining both front ends with a single vala code base (several of the indicators have been ported to vala, so the framework is there now), but using vala with autotools in interesting ways is just awful.

Jason Conti (jconti) said : #2

Oh, whatever you decide to do, let me know if you have any questions about my code or indicators/desktop notifications in general. I've worked on quite a few and may be able to help.

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