I gave a lightning talk at the Desktop Summit about integrating media lookup features in the Shell. It’s a little experiment I worked on during my Igalia hackfest time. The integration is done via a simple Shell extension that hooks new Grilo based search providers in the Shell.

Here’s a screencast showing the new feature:

This is still work-in-progress, two GNOME-Shell patches, still to be merged are required:

  • patch 1
  • patch 2

The search UI is simple and usable but a bit limited. For instance if you click on a search result and later on want to go back to the results you’re screwed and need to search again :) The icon grid column number is also rather limited.

Anyway I had fun writing this, the Grilo search API is easy to work with!


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