El vie, 05-10-2012 a las 17:03 +0200, Elad Alfassa escribió:
I really don't want to start this discussion again, but I clearly
no choice, as this is starting to become one of the only areas where
we offer sub-optimal UX.
We have a problem with the default boot splash. It tries to convey
progress but we don't have a good way to tell how far in the boot
process we are (eg. if we do fsck or selinux relabel, it will appear
stuck for some time, which is a bad user experience).
Since we don't have any actual progress data, using a progress
indicator there is silly.
Few release cycles ago, the Desktop team wanted to change the boot
splash to a minimalistic throbber. This does look better, but caused a
lot of flamewars and stupid conspiracy theories on this list and the
marketing list, and we vetoed the change.
The reason we (as a team) vetoed this decision was that the Fedora
logo was not exposed anywhere in the OS. but since then, upstream GDM
added a way for us to display the fedora logo on the login screen, and
the boot process got way faster (and I'm going to try to convince
people to optimize it further for Fedora 19 by default, because it is
The fedora logo on the boot splash will only be seen for around 0.5
seconds on a modern machine, and before that there is the filling,
meaningless and confusing bubble progress thing.
In Fedora 18, we added a feature called Offline System Updates, which
means certain updates will be installed on reboot to decrease chances
of things breaking. Some of them might take a while to install, and
the current boot splash is not a good way to convey information about
such a long process.
I suggest we replace it with a minimalistic throbber, perhaps a text
indicating which release you are running (or simple words like
"starting", "stopping", "restarting" and so forth). When
there is a
long process happening in the background, such as selinux relabel,
fsck or package install, we should
1) Indicate this with a simple text (reminding the user not to
force-off the machine to protect their data might be a good idea too)
2) Show a simple progress bar (which will be less confusing than the
In my opinion, those changes will improve the Fedora user experience.
Yes, maybe 0.5 seconds of the logo that we all love so much will be
gone, but, well... Fedora users already knows they are using Fedora,
and the login screen shows that too.
And if you really, really want the logo to be there for those few
seconds (despite everything I've said and despite the fact that not
flashing a logo everywhere will not make Fedora to be less Fedora, our
logo is just a logo - there are more basic things that makes us
special and makes our users happy), we could put a small version of it
in the top left corner, so it'll be not intrusive.
Thanks for reading this.
I totally agree with you, Elad. I would like a progress bar
and little words like "Starting thing1, Starting thing2". May be the
Fedora logo in the middle, under this the progress bar and little words
at bottom. Or as you say, Fedora logo in a corner, and in the center of
the screen the progress bar and little words.
My 2 cents,