Dedicated place to share customizations like icons, keyboard layouts etc.

asked 2014-03-16 11:58:11 +0300

tokaru gravatar image

updated 2015-01-19 11:36:21 +0300

eric gravatar image

Many people love Jolla for its openness regarding the possibility to tweak a lot of things in developer mode. And a lot of them are happy to share their custom icons, keyboard layouts*, configurations, scripts, etc with the community. Unfortunately those are scattered over a lot of questions/answers in here as well as several forum threads on other sites.

It would be nice to have a central place to share stuff like that with the community, e.g. tweak . jolla . com or share . jolla . com.

Maybe just a simple wiki with some categories would do the job nicely. This could also be a nice place to collect all the helpful how-tos in here, which currently get a little bit lost among all those questions and feature requests.

*) Disclaimer: please note that sharing modified keyboard layouts still is not perfectly legal, since there is no free licence applied to them :( I hope this will change soon, though. As of, redistribution of keyboard layouts is permitted under certain conditions. :)

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For keyboard layouts see also

Maybe a similar solution would also do for other common customizations eliminating the need to use Terminal / developer mode etc. for installation.

jgr ( 2014-03-16 17:48:47 +0300 )edit

I agree, a place to share them, and a repo to install them, with maybe an app to manage the tweaks rpm's with full rollback support to default

dsilveira ( 2014-03-17 00:33:12 +0300 )edit

Yes, using the store for sharing stuff like this would be nice :) Until a proper solution is in place, maybe we can bring some structure into sharing tweaks in here... I suggest the following:

  • Have a (community wiki) question for each type of tweak, tagged tweak, e.g. "Ambience images [tweak]", "French keyboard layouts [tweak]", "Icons for People app [tweak]", explaining how the tweak is usually applied
  • Provide a (non-wiki) answer for each tweak one wants to share, with all information needed to apply it, plus maybe screenshots if it makes sense

People who aren't interested in those tweaks can simply ignore the tag, all others can easily search for them. People can vote for tweaks they like, and so the community curates to show popular tweaks more prominently.

tokaru ( 2014-03-23 16:53:11 +0300 )edit

I think it would be more productive to have wiki topics per tweak subject, e.g. keyboard, and then have all the keyboard related tweaks posted in wiki form has an answer, so that the community can improve, both the topic, and the answers collaboratively, instead of having scattered half usefull tweaks all around!

dsilveira ( 2014-03-23 17:22:20 +0300 )edit

Please note: Most tweaks will involve files to be made available. Askbot in its current incarnation does not allow to upload code files (neither qml nor compiled).

jgr ( 2014-03-23 17:25:49 +0300 )edit