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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
One of the complaints doing the rounds about GNOME Shell is that it has no panel applets. This is technically true. It’s also entirely the wrong way of looking at things: I hope this post will make it clear why this is, and make some people happier with the road GNOME is going down.
So, to start with, let’s take a step back and ask ourselves what exactly panel applets are, and what we mean by GNOME Shell not having them.
On a superficial level, it’s simple enough. Panel applets are processes that paint little widgets into the panel. They tell us stuff. Maybe we can interact with them. There are thousands of them for GNOME 2, to show the weather, stock prices, hardware status, all sorts of other things.