Reason for removing animation from Gnome login?

John Vivirito gnomefreak at
Mon Mar 30 12:45:28 UTC 2009

On 03/30/2009 07:28 AM, Mat Tomaszewski wrote:
> Scott James Remnant wrote:
>> On Fri, 2009-03-20 at 22:25 +0100, Ernst Persson wrote:
>>> I saw Scott removing animation from gnome login. What's the reason for
>>> that? I don't see any motivation or reference to a bugreport.
>> There's a reference to an upstream bug report in the patch itself.  It
>> was removed because it takes up more time of the boot/login sequence
>> than it should (around 3s).
> As a user, I did not notice the boot speed improvement. What I noticed 
> was a really clumsy experience of panel background popping up before 
> everything else.
>> In practice, there are better ways to signify the desktop is ready than
>> have each individual component individually animating in their own way.
>> One good idea would be that the screen holds at the login screen after
>> entering your password (e.g. with "Logging in...") and the desktop fades
>> in when everything's ready.
> This is something we need to explore and apply as soon as possible.
> I must say I feel that disabling the animation does not improve things 
> to an extent that would justify a really bad visual experience that we 
> now have.
> Mat

I'm sorry I'm not up to date on what everyone means by "animation" Is
this strictly Compiz users?

Sincerely Yours,
    John Vivirito
Linux User# 414246

"How can i get lost, if i have no where to go"
    -- Metallica from Unforgiven III

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