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Evolution Express (for MeeGo)

May 28, 2010, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Meeks)

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"Why Express Mode ?

"Initially for Moblin 2.1 we tried a more invasive re-working of the user-experience: called Anjal. That was not uniformly positive, missing many features (by design), and didn't have enough time to mature. As such, it was decided by the MeeGo team that we should try a new approach. This would take Evolution, and adapt it's UI for the netbook screen-size, tweaking all the relevant defaults. We would merge the best features from Anjal, and then build from there. The result is some great MeeGo, netbook goodness, despite being done at high speed over three months.

"It is important to realise that ~all netbooks have a 1024x600 screen - giving very, very few pixels - particularly vertically (most apps are tuned for at a minimum 1024x768) and as such lots of tweakage was needed to save vertical space. As Linus' Coding Style document suggests - vertical space is a non-renewable resource, and we need to conserve it: just adding scroll-bars is an ugly cheat. This quest for vspace is nastily exacerbated by the terrible touch-pads that so many net-books have, meaning we need lots of extra padding around widgets to avoid them being clicked by accident."

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