[Bug 33305] New GDM login screen much less usable

Artem Vakhitov temcat at mail.ru
Wed Mar 1 19:01:15 UTC 2006

Public bug reported:

Affects: gdm (Ubuntu)
       Severity: Normal
       Priority: (none set)
         Status: Unconfirmed

This is copy-pasted from Ubuntu Forums.

One of the new features of Flight 4 was a new version of login screen
that looks like this:


This really puzzles me. Do the devs honestly believe that removing the
Reboot and Shutdown commands from the GDM login screen actually
simplifies the interface? To a power user, it's one more needless click
and mouse movement, and a novice user might even get confused: "How do I
restart or turn off the damn thing?" To him, this Options menu where
they've hidden the commands would most likely be associated with
configuring something.

This is a rather questionable change. If the goal is to have as few
controls as possible (which does not equal good usability), the devs
could at least make an Action menu with Reboot, Shutdown, Suspend, and
Hibernate commands, and a Preferences menu with Select Language, Select
Session, and XDMCP Chooser options (I doubt that the latter is even
needed). That way it would still require more clicks than necessary, but
at least it would be more discoverable.

I'd suggest that the login screen be reverted to the old, pre-Flight 4
version. It was perfect.

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