"Jon McCann from Red Hat ran the first Shell session, on design.
An amazing amount of progress had been made since the hackfast one
year prior that spawned the Shell project, but some major tasks
remained. Fortunately, Red Hat decided to fund full-time work on
the Shell, so progress was being made quickly (and still is).
"Jon focused on the Shell UI as it stood then, and still is
today. He said that the top bar had been redesigned. The right-hand
side showed session-oriented actions (things that would apply to
the entire session). A clock and date widget were in the center,
“balancing” the top bar to provide an even distribution
of content across the width of the screen. The far left-hand side
held the “Activities” menu, which activated an overview
"Between “Activities” and the clock widget, a
dropdown menu would show the current application.
"Some examples of session-oriented actions:
"Your presence (now implemented)
Login and -out
The control center
Your own account information
The notification tray stays in the same area as the
session-oriented menu, but with encouragement to use a new
messaging API that would display it in a different location."