Currently Bliss is the default launcher on /e/OS. What is interesting is that, if you look in the default home settings, Trebuchet is listed as an alternative. However, currently, it is not enabled to be used as a stand alone option. It seems Bliss is integrated with it somehow which is why it’s listed, but can not be a default launcher in it’s own right. I would propose that this changed as to enable Trebuchet to be used as an alternative preinstalled option. After all, the bits are already there with /e/OS to begin with.
Though I like Bliss for what it is and it’s goals; to make a welcoming, user friendly experience that many can get familiar with easily. However, not everyone is a fan of the Apple iOS workflow. What is interesting is that Trebuchet also meets those very same goals, but the approach is a minimalist Android workflow. So in essence, the /e/OS goals are still being met.
Trebuchet is a great launcher; minimal android… neat and clean, like Bliss. Yet it allows a user’s home-screen to be minimal and as customizable as possible. With the ability to hide the rest of the apps in the app drawer. Not to mention the ability to place and resize widgets anywhere, let alone use them.
In addition Trebuchet is already optimized for Tablets while, currently, Bliss is not. End users have already requested Bliss have screen rotation as well as to be optimized for tablets. Trebuchet already has these functions. If you were to see Trebuchet on Lineage-OS 19, you will not only see screen rotation but the ability to multitask and split screen as well. Currently, Bliss launcher makes for a very poor tablet experience. And since Bliss on tablets may not be a high priority, enabling the option to use Trebuchet will address that need instantly. And since /e/OS is built using LineageOS, this should not be too much of a leap to make. /e/ stands to gain a lot from the end users by doing this.
Having this as a built in option not only increases flexibility of /e/OS. I can only see end users enjoying their /e/ experience even more as this would be a turnkey option which will allow many to customize and personalize their experience even more. Many users would enjoy this flexibility and it would not be an afterthought.
To have both as options; Bliss being enabled as the default and Trebuchet the alternative default.
Or better yet, allow users to select 1 from their initial setup of /e/OS.
Can anyone think of a reason why this should not be an option? What are your thoughts?