It’s a happy day in GNOME-Do land! 0.8.0 Released!

Quite a pleasant sight for Do lovers!

Quite a pleasant sight for Do lovers!

Well, today’s finally the day;  After weeks of alpha testing and months hard work, GNOME Do 0.8.0 is released!  This is another monumental release for an amazingly useful application.  GNOME Do has increasingly become the cornerstone of my linux desktop experience.  From time to time I even catch myself stopping to think about how I would have done that if Do wasn’t just a “super-space” away.  Sufficed to say, “Longer than I care to think about”, is the answer I usually come to with regards to that question.

First of all, before I go any further, I’d just like to personally thank everyone involved with the project.  Everyone that’s helped in some minute way to make Do what it is today deserves thanks.  Some of these people include: David Siegel, who started Do as a college project, Jason Smith, who is largely responsible for “Docky”, Alex Launi, for some great work on the new plugin API and some of the most useful Do plugins around, Peng, for some more great plugins, and for helping me with some c# code I was writing for a plugin, and Cimi and Kalle for translations and much new insight.  There’s so many more people associated with this great application, it’s hard to thank everyone!

Much more information can be read here, the release notes on the Do website.

Now, it’d be wrong to talk about such a great application, and not show off any pretty pictures, so I’ll show some screenshots of Do here.  Some screenshots include things that I’m working on currently, and aren’t yet released.  Enjoy!

First let’s take a look at how you can add things to the dock.  Adding items to the dock is pretty easy actually.  You can drag launchers onto the dock.  You can also manually add items to the dock by

Stick items to the dock!

Stick items to the dock!

summoning Do, finding the item you want, and clicking on the little “+” sign to the left of it, as is shown in the image to the right.  And, if all of that is just too much for you, you can even sit back and let Do “do” the work for you!  The dock automatically gets populated with your most used items!

What if you don’t like the items on your dock anymore?  Well this could not get any easier.  You have two options, either right click on the item and select “Remove from Dock”, or just grab that item, and literally throw it off the dock!

Throw it off your Dock!

Throw it off your Dock!

Finally, there’s one more picture I’d like to show.  I mostly do work with plugins, and I’ve been working on making some plugins more friendly on the Dock.  One of those that I’ve been working on is the Rhythmbox plugin.  The banshee plugin that Alex has been working on has pretty actions that show up when you right-click on banshee when it’s on the dock.  When the changes I’m making to the rhythmbox plugin get merged, Rhythmbox users will be able to enjoy this cool feature too!

Playback options for Rhythmbox

Playback options for Rhythmbox

Once again, thanks everyone who made Do possible.  Even though I’m not a big-time contributer, I hope my plugins (virtualbox & translate) will be helpful to some people.  I’d also like to thank David, Jason and Alex in particular for helping me to write these plugins for such a great application.  Much of my background lies in programming for embedded systems, so I’m not exactly “profficient” at programming at such a high level.  Nonetheless, I feel as though I’ve received a lifetime’s worth of experience and learning just from hanigng around you guys!  Thanks again!

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