[ubuntu-art] Re: (Yet another) new logout dialog

Tristan Wibberley maihem at maihem.org
Tue Apr 4 19:58:35 BST 2006

Who wrote:

> I think that the new logout dialog (I.E the one with the description)
> 1. Is very professional (especially the way it appears when the power
> button is pressed)

I didn't notice that before. It's really nice, but the logout options
shouldn't be there in that case. IMHO, you should get the GNOME 2.14
System->Shut Down but with the Ubuntu icons.

> 2. Very clearly describes what each option does, which is important
> for new users and the kind of 'average joe' users Ubuntu wishes to
> attract and keep.


> 3. Doesn't add any more clicks than it took to shut down with the old
> dialog in order to shutdown


> And if I were to improve it I would change the following - which make
> life quicker and easier for regular/power users.
> 1. When the power button is pushed _twice_ the computer shuts down

Yes, that would be nice, as long as there was a sufficient blackout
period to account for twitches.

> 2. On start-up (of the dialog) one icon should be selected so that
> pushing Enter does that action. This should be either: always 'Shut
> Down', or the option the use rlast used

I don't know about that. If the use selects a menu item called Log Out,
then it should be Log Out that enter presses (and that one should be the
rightmost option to avoid people going for the wrong option having
gotten used to GNOME). Shut down isn't necessarily the right thing to do
when the power button is pressed - if hibernate works, that might be
what the user expects.

> 3. (going too far and overcomplicating things) Icons should be
> drag/dropable on to the desktop/panel so that you can
> logout/shutdown/hibernate etc without using that dialog.

I'm not sure that would be a very good idea. Some users swing the mouse
wildly when attempting a click, and they could put these icons on the
desktop one day by mistake, and click it instead of something else the
next. That's okay for most things, but some of these options can be

Tristan Wibberley

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