Gnome Shell Extension manager/framework planned?

Camilo Mesias camilo at
Sat Jun 4 07:51:34 UTC 2011

On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 12:43 AM, Michael Wiktowy
<michael.wiktowy at> wrote:
> On 6/3/11, Sam Varshavchik <mrsam at> wrote:
>> The existence and the proliferation of extensions indicates that a lot of
>> people simply are not happy with what gnome shell does out of the box, and
>> that's why they use the extensions.
>> If it were not so, then, by definition, nobody would care about these
>> extensions. It's a tautology.
> The cognative dissonance required to misconstrue an extension
> framework that has provided people with a previously impossible amount
> of customization in Gnome as something negative is quite astounding.
> Please do not take this personally but I have read through sooooo many
> Gnome Shell threads that have been derailed by a cacaphony of
> non-constructive criticism. Before the signal to noise decay starts,
> can the Gnome 3 haters please take such negative non-constructive
> commentary to the many, many ... many "Gnome Sux" threads.
> I am a fan of Gnome 3, I can see the big step that has been taken and
> can forgive some lack of polish and wanted to start a conversation
> about a possible future framework to make sure gnome was helpful for
> simplicity and tweaker freaks alike. The customization potential has
> given me the impetus to improve my javascript knowledge enough to try
> my hand at it.
> Extensibility is a potential, not a deficit.
> /Mike
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really, the availability of extensions doesn't support any inference
about dissatisfaction with Gnome 3. It merely suggests that there are
enough people sufficiently interested and able to create such things.

Also, given the ease (they are scripted after all) with which they can
be created, it would be a damning criticism of the Gnome 3 design and
effort if no-one was interested in creating extensions.


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