I need to set up my GNU/Linux desktop so that every time I log in, it automatically connects my #VPN, and then logs me into my email and chat accounts, using a set of minimal background daemons. I want those daemons to notify me when I receive email, or delayed chat messages, or when a contact wants to initiate a realtime chat (text/ voice/ video), and ask me if I want to open the relevant GUI client #SmartDesktop #UX
I was to be able to use separate comms tools for different use cases (personal, work, community etc). But I want all those comms tools integrated with one address book tool, that allows me to manage multiple identities, but gives me one contact database to regularly back up. I want that contact database stored in a common format, so I can back it up by copying a single file/ folder, or change address book tools without disruption #SmartDesktop #UX
@lightweight part of the reason is that I've been hesitant to install anything that isn't in my distro's default repos (up until a few days ago, based off 14.04). Recently I decided that if I'm going to trust the software to run securely on my system, what difference does it make to trust its developers to run a secure PPA? Also new tech like #AppImage etc is making it easier to just download binaries and test them like you can on MacOS, which is making me more willing to experiment.