Matthew Paul Thomas

10 posts by Matthew Paul Thomas

Ubuntu

Designing build.snapcraft.io

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 3 July 2017

Many open-source software developers use GitHub. Let’s make it as easy as possible for them to build and release their code automatically.

Ubuntu

System Settings for Ubuntu Phone

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 16 May 2013

The design process for System Settings on the phone involved a competitor evaluation, identifying user journeys, generating many possibilities for the overview screen, and designing many individual settings screens.

Ubuntu

Solving design problems

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 23 November 2012

To solve a design problem, define the target user, test the existing solution (if any), evaluate alternative solutions, and test with real users. The more of these steps you can follow, the better the results.

Ubuntu

System status menu refinements in Ubuntu 12.10

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 13 April 2012

For Ubuntu 12.04, we’re planning to merge the user and system menus, make major changes to the messaging menu, introduce a new sync menu, and retire the printing status menu. There are plenty of smaller changes …

Ubuntu

That’s it, we’re quitting

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 7 March 2011

The “Quit” command in applications today is a relic from the days when the original Macintosh had no hard disk and couldn’t multitask. Modern applications have made this command increasingly annoying. Fortunately, though, modern PCs have …

Ubuntu

Help wanted: Testing programs that use the notification area

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 30 June 2010

We have a list of dozens of Ubuntu programs that use the notification area. What we need now is a description of how each of them use it.

Ubuntu

The keyboard menu

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 27 May 2010

A new keyboard menu will replace both the keyboard layout toggle from Ubuntu’s doomed notification area, and the IBus menu for choosing a keyboard input method.

Ubuntu

A unified menu bar for Ubuntu Netbook Edition

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 6 May 2010

Using a single menu bar at the top of the screen, instead of separate menu bars inside each window, seems like a pretty simple change. But it’s more complex than it appears, and we’ll need lots …

Ubuntu

Refining the battery status menu

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 23 April 2010

As part of the notification area transition, we’re adapting the Gnome Power Manager item to be a system status menu. We’re interested in your feedback on the design and any improvements we can make.

Ubuntu

Farewell to the notification area

by Matthew Paul Thomas on 21 April 2010

Ubuntu is phasing out the traditional Gnome notification area, because of its ineffectiveness at notifying people of things, and its inconsistent behavior. Many programs that previously used the notification area should use other notification mechanisms instead. …