Just so no one gets too surprised, I see that our Desktop team has subtly altered the notifications in F12/Rawhide. Notification bubbles now look like this:
These bubbles drop the gray theme with a color bar used in previous releases for the more prevalent “none more black” found in Ubuntu and some other distributions. While there’s something to be said for the old theme with its elegant shading and matching with our default theme, the newer notifications are more eye catching, which means they’re more effective at doing their job.
In general, I agree that fewer notifications are generally better, and that if the computer wants to take your attention away from what you’re doing, it ought to be warranted. Nevertheless, I did see a few minor issues with the bubbles, so I filed bug 525864 (which is already closed, yay Desktop team!) and bug 525867. On the whole, I’ve already noticed them more often (see? they work!) and used that recognition to tune the number of notifications I use in some applications, so I’m getting interrupted for important things.
Speaking of, I added notification bubbles to Moksha over the weekend 🙂 //moksha.csh.rit.edu
I’ve been surprised by this change the other day when the package was installed in a daily Rawhide update.
And soon after I found it particularly ugly (but thought it would be awesome in the black Gnome-Shell), it was back to the Nodoka theme, without my changing anything.
That’s an adaptive desktop! 😀
I love them! I find notify-osd stupid, but look of their notifications is awesome.
Thank you people for such awesome work ^^ .
I find these black bubbles to be excessively ugly, they do not fit at all with our grey/blue theme.
Horrible. I wonder how somebody can make such a change without asking for opinions first. To me this seems also very ungrateful to Martin, who does an amazing job with his Nodoka artwork.
By the way, you’ll be able to change this using GConf:
@Seif: Right, a lot of people doing notifications are imitating ideas that originally came from Growl. I think the upcoming GNOME 3 will have some significant differences in notifications, some of which can be seen here.
or you can use Standard (rather than nodoka) to get the Clearlooks theme (which is rather similar but a bit more white).