Xhelp code on launchpad ready

Cody A.W. Somerville cody-somerville at ubuntu.com
Wed Aug 8 14:51:23 UTC 2007

On 8/7/07, Eero Tamminen <oak at helsinkinet.fi> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tuesday 07 August 2007, Cody A.W. Somerville wrote:
> > The prominence of the Xubuntu help on the desktop is an issue. However,
> > the issue we are trying to address is that people do not want to view
> > documentation in Firefox because it takes too long to load. If they
> > already have firefox open, it isn't as bad but I can imagine there will
> > be times when a user wants help on a topic that does not involve the
> > internet/web-browser and as a consequence simply do not have firefox
> > open.
> If Firefox is already open, starting something like Yelp is definately
> slower than opening a new window in Firefox for the help page and as it's
> a new UI process, it most likely takes more memory from the system too.
> Most users have browser open all the time.

Could you please provide some hard evidence to support this.

> In these cases, the wait time is simply unbearable on lower-end
> > systems. Often users are unaware that they are launching firefox
> > and are confused by the immediate performance hit they feel.
> This is a UI feedback issue.  I'm (sometimes) using Epiphany on P166
> (Epiphany is slightly faster to start and uses slightly less memory than
> Firefox) with IceWM and because it has a CPU meter, there's feedback
> that something actually happening (besides modem noise :-)) when it's
> launched.
>        - Eero


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