What I would like to see in Ubuntu
Feisty is coming in less than a month now and the new features rocks (auto-codec install!). Here are some things that I would like to see in Gnome/Ubuntu (probably Feisty +1 if its not already in Feisty):
- Auto-DHCP. Currently in Edgy when I plug in the network cable Ubuntu does not automatically refresh the IP address/DNS stuffs. The only way I can force this is to run dhclient via the Terminal. Windows does things automatically and they even have a menu item to repair the connection (basically refresh the DHCP).
- Easy multi-display support. Really important when you’re using a laptop. I heard that its coming in one way or another (Xorg 7.3 on Feisty+1 might have better hardware detection capabilities).
- The ability to specify a different icon size for the desktop. I like to have smaller icons on my desktop compared to my Nautilus window. Currently I haven’t found a way to do this, not even from a gconf key.
- Make the gnome-open-dialog more vertical oriented. The point of having an open dialog is to select a list of file. But the current dialog only have space to display three files! This is too small, I often found my self resizing the dialog vertically to get a wider view. It would be great to have ten files visible by default.
- Thumbnails on gnome-open-dialog.
- OpenOffice that doesn’t suck! I really really hope that OOo Feisty already uses the tango icons by default.
- Update: I forgot this one yesterday, I wish that there is a GUI to manage 5.1 sound-systems.
Recent good news: Beryl is going to merge with Compiz! Wonderful indeed. I really hope they would focus on desktop usability instead of more-bling. Eugenia’s suggestion for a simpler Beryl Settings Manager might be a wonderful start. I do think the current Beryl Settings Manager is hideous at best! (sorry guys).
Seamless Windows Virtualization is also something worth to look. It would be wonderful if this is polished at Feisty+1. Totally a killer feature especially for enterprise usage. Long time ago people try to run Linux under Windows but these days people are trying to run Windows under Linux. :)