Future of indicators

Asked by Maxime Gauduin

Hi all,

I've been working on packaging Pantheon on Arch Linux for quite a while now. I was very pleased to see you guys decide to base Pantheon on GNOME 3.10 then 3.12 as it made things a lot easier on my end (since we always have the latest version only).

Up until now, trunk wingpanel has been working mostly fine with libindicator/ido 12.10 (albeit not without issues here and there with indicators), however I noticed that the 0.3.x branch needs a more recent libindicator/ido, which in turn require an ubuntu-patched gtk3. This is never gonna happen on Arch because we only ship vanilla packages (with a few exceptions of security or build/paths fixes).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember talks about possibly ditching ayatana indicators and switching to an in-house plugin-based panel, is it still planned or do you intend to keep using ayatana indicators?

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Maxime Gauduin (alucryd) said :

Seems this is not exactly a popular topic. I guess I'll just give up on wingpanel/slingshot if the 0.3.x branch is merged, and use xfce4-panel or tint2 for Pantheon on Arch Linux.

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Corentin Noël (tintou) said :

Bonjour Maxime, tout d'abord merci de ton implication dans elementary sur ArchLinux.
Concernant les "indicators", nous pensons en effet à changer de technologie, mais sommes actuellement limités par nos ressources, donc pour le moment le plus sage est de rester sur la version de libindicator qui est fournie par Ubuntu, mais nous souhaiterions en effet à terme ne plus disposer de paquets modifiés pour les besoins d'Ubuntu.

J'espère avoir répondu à ta question.

I hope someone will come and give you more informations about the future of wingspanel.

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Maxime Gauduin (alucryd) said :

Bonjour Corentin,

Merci pour ta réponse, heureux de savoir que vous pensez toujours à migrer. Je comprends parfaitement que ça ne soit pas votre priorité pour le moment avec Isis qui approche à grands pas. L'important pour moi était de confirmer que je pourrai dans le futur inclure l'ensemble de votre projet dans nos repos officielles. J'y ai déjà inclus noise et pantheon-terminal, et je pense pouvoir ajouter les prochaines releases de scratch et files lorsqu'elles seront dispo.

Thanks again, and keep up the good work!