[ubuntu-art] Karmic boot and login - proposed designs

Daniel Chapman leptest at gmail.com
Thu Aug 13 09:26:51 BST 2009

> Hi,
> Not so long ago we announced the revamp of boot and login experiences in
> Ubuntu and received a great response from the Artwork Team, with many
> interesting concepts being submitted. Thanks again for all your hard work.
> The deadline approaches fast and the time is now to make final
> decisions. We have just returned from the Platform Sprint in Dublin,
> where folks directly responsible for making Ubuntu release happen on
> time have gathered. The design team's role was to propose final
> concepts, communicate them to the developers and make sure they can be
> implemented on time. We have received a lot of valuable feedback and
> revised our proposals accordingly.
> The initial assumptions, however, remain unchanged. The Foundations
> Team's goal is to start the X server as fast as possible (3-4 seconds on
> a reference machine) and therefore, Usplash will not be used in most
> cases. A new splash screen (Xsplash) will be developed on top of the X
> server and enable a smooth  transition into the GDM and the user session.
> The latest designs can be viewed here:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Karmic/Boot/Demo. We're looking
> forward to your feedback!
> Many thanks,
> Mat

The "throbber" looks really good. This is better (as described by Mat
Tomaszewski) than the progress bar until the boot process is more

I agree that the colour needs to be changed. I think either
1 or https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Karmic/Boot/#Iteration 3 are
really good.

I think how the panels emerge/fade in like on Iteration 4
really smooth and looks great. Would it be possible to have the desktop
icons "fade in" as well? Are there any effects available when transitioning
from boot/gdm to desktop?

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