The telepathic desktop: apps are out, people are in

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This article is a humble opinion piece of a GNOME user who wishes to stop using communication software and just be in touch with people. I want to write mail to, chat with, talk to, and have video conferences with real people without worrying about applications and technology. All my suggestions are doable with existing technology in GNOME, no extra magic is required. I write as a user, not as a developer, just in case maintainers and developers of relevant software are in need of ideas, as well as to discuss this issue with interested people.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Sorry, but I do think our current comms gear is broken.

I guess it is not a big secret that I am a strong advocate of task-based approaches when it comes to using computers. I don’t care what my web browser or my text editor are called, but I do care a lot about browsing the web and editing text files. In the GNOME menu, the Gedit text editor appears as “Text editor”, and at least in the past, the Epiphany web browser appeared as “Web browser”. On Ubuntu, it seems to appear as “Epiphany web browser”, probably because it is not the default browser in Ubuntu.

GNOME apps in general are quite well behaved in this respect.