Login and logout sounds

Harald Sitter apachelogger at ubuntu.com
Wed Apr 7 22:46:31 BST 2010

Am Mittwoch, 7. April 2010 23:10:31 schrieb Ofir Klinger:
> I think there are two main reasons why logout sound is beneficial. After
> the user presses the logout button and till the logout
> operation can actually be seen, takes a couple of seconds (on some
> computers). In that time frame the user can be mistaken
> be the silence and think that something is wrong. So it can be confusing
> for the average user.

Hm, good point on this, some sort of feedback might indeed be appropriate, 
however I would then rather opt for a 1 second tune. Enough to indicate that 
something is happening and yet not overly delaying the logout action.

> Plus, the sound can be used, for example, to verify that the computer is
> shutting down correctly (in case of a shutdown, which then the sound is
> also being played).
> The user can press the shutdown button and go take care of other things
> while he keeps paying attention for the sound that tells him the computer
> is shutting down.

Now that is just wrong from any POV. The playing of the sounds is no 
whatsoever indication whether the shutdown is being performed properly, it 
merely suggests that the signal was received and that something is happenig, 
so indeed a short sounds is appropriate in order to give feedback. But saying 
that it is necessary because it means the shutdown is being performed is just 
not right. In a perfect world that would be the case, but in reality shutdown 
sometimes fails to execute properly. Unfortunately, I might add.

Harald Sitter
Kubuntu Core Developer
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