I’m obviously slacking a bit on my blog and I’m ashamed to say that it’s not the only place where I do. py3status is another of them and it wouldn’t be the project it is today without @tobes.
In fact, this new 3.5 release has witnessed his takeover on the top contributions on the project, so I want to extend a warm thank you and lots of congratulations on this my friend 🙂
Also, an amazing new contributor from the USA has come around in the nickname of @lasers. He has been doing a tremendous job on module normalization, code review and feedbacks. His high energy is amazing and more than welcome.
This release is mainly his, so thank you @lasers !
What’s new ?
Well the changelog has never been so large that I even don’t know where to start. I guess the most noticeable change is the gorgeous and brand new documentation of py3status on readthedocs !
Apart from the enhanced guides and sections, what’s amazing behind this new documentation is the level of automation efforts that @lasers and @tobes put into it. They even generate modules’ screenshots programmatically ! I would never have thought of it possible 😀
The other main efforts on this release is about modules normalization where @lasers put so much energy in taking advantage of the formatter features and bringing all the modules to a new level of standardization. This long work brought to light some lack of features or bugs which got corrected along the way.
Last but not least, the way py3status notifies you when modules fail to load/execute got changed. Now modules which fail to load or execute will not pop up a notification (i3 nagbar or dbus) but display directly in the bar where they belong. Users can left click to show the error and right click to discard them from their bar !
Once again, new and recurring contributors helped the project get better and offer a cool set of modules, thank you contributors !
- air_quality module, to display the air quality of your place, by @beetleman and @lasers
- getjson module to display fields from a json url, by @vicyap
- keyboard_locks module to display keyboard locks states, by @lasers
- systemd module to check the status of a systemd unit, by @adrianlzt
- tor_rate module to display the incoming and outgoing data rates of a Tor daemon instance, by @fmorgner
- xscreensaver module, by @lasers and @neutronst4r
Special mention to @maximbaz for his continuous efforts and help. And also a special community mention to @valdur55 for his responsiveness and help for other users on IRC !
What’s next ?
The 3.6 version will focus on the following ideas, some sane and some crazy 🙂
- we will continue to work on the ability to add/remove/move modules in the bar at runtime
- i3blocks and i3pystatus support, to embed their configurations and modules inside py3status
- formatter optimizations
- finish modules normalization
- write more documentation and clean up the old ones