Galeon used to have a single click 'Network Proxy selector' in their menu, which I used frequently. In a discussion with Epiphany developers about this same functionality (using GConf) they argued that you could already move the Proxy Network capplet to your taskbar.
But that doesn't offer all the functionality I'm looking for. What I think would be neat is:
- An applet that gives you a list of preset configurations upon a
- Each configuration is called a 'location' and could either mean:
- No proxy
- Manually configured proxy
- Proxy Auto Configuration (PAC)
- A remote URL, eg. http://pac.isp.net/path/file.pac
- A local URI, eg. file:///home/user/pacs/location.pac
- When you select another location, the applet should replace your
GConf settings accordingly. (GConf key: /system/http_proxy)
- A preferences dialog should allow to manage locations and even test
a location (see if proxy works or check PAC syntax ?).
- In a later phase there might even be an automatic selection based
on eg. the network-configuration (ip-address, network, gateway, ??).
So the applet has to monitor the network configuration for changes.
- When using tsocks or dante lib, we could have a dialog to socksify the complete system. (Add it to /etc/ld.so.preload or run /etc/init.d/tsocks)
Windows XP has a useful LAN connection status icon that shows the state of an interface (similar as what mii-tool gives). There's already a netspeed applet and a netstatus applet but those are mainly made to see the bandwidth usage and are not similar to what the Windows XP applet does.
The applet would do the following:
- Have a GUI to select the interfaces you want in your Panel
- Monitor the interface and upon change indicate it by displaying
the tooltip for a couple of seconds.
- It shows graphically whether an interface is up. A tooltip gives
more information about the state of the interface. (And maybe some stats)
- If you click the applet, you get a 'pull-down' dialog, much like the default GNOME Clock applet. A user should be able to copy&paste the network interface configuration.
Eventually it should give the same functionality as the Windows AT&T VNC server applet for configuring the VNC server and providing the user with information on the network IP configuration.
You can find RPM packages containing x0rfbserver at: http://dag.wieers.com/packages/rfb/
I often find myself spelling out passwords or URLs over the phone with my own made-up alphabet which often leads to more confusion.
The applet would consists of:
- A drop-down list of the implemented phonetic alphabets (or maybe
a configured list). A list of phonetic alphabets is found at:
- When clicking the applet, it should show the alphabet in a window that stays visible much like the default GNOME Clock applet, but maybe on top. So that you can look at it while working and answering the phone.
Here is a screenshot of the basic version:
- Hardware Monitor applet
- Lunar Clock applet
- Netspeed applet
- Netstatus applet
- Quick Lounge applet
- Sticky Notes applet