GNOME3 and au revoir WAS: systemd: please stop trying to take over the world :)

Jeff Spaleta jspaleta at
Sat Jun 18 16:42:09 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:
> For more 'advanced' users, the keyboard shortcuts are there, and you're
> probably going to want to use them if you don't want to gnaw your own
> legs off out of boredom. No, they're not particularly discoverable: it's
> very difficult to design an interface which makes keyboard shortcuts
> discoverable without pissing you off once you know them. I mean, when
> have keyboard shortcuts ever been discoverable? Is alt-tab discoverable?
> Is alt-f4? No. We just pick them up somewhere and learn them.

is everything that gnome shell can do exposed as a non-keyboard
interactions? Can you describe to me how I get the screencasting
utility to start and stop recording without using a keyboard shortcut?
There's no evidence of that functionality is in the discoverable UI.

I can forgive the Alt to poweroff because poweroff is still exposed in
the login screen as a non-keyboard interaction it's still
exposed as a pointing device only feature in the expected interaction
model of the overall system. But the screencaster utility isn't
exposed a a discoverable pointing device interaction in the UI itself
anywhere as far as I can tell..and that makes me marginally grumpy.
But not as grumpy as the choice to use a 4 finger salute to activate
it via the keyboard. If you want to ensure a 75% occurrence rate of
fat-finger execution error...require 4 simultaneous key presses.


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