Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 72424
GDM 'System' and 'Session' not descriptive enough for new user
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:45:53 EDT
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Description of problem:
The items 'System' and 'Session', when presented to a new user, are confusing.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Start up Redhat
2.Presented with options on GDM that are not easy intuitive
Expected Results: A gdm screen that I don't have to explain to new users.
gdm is great, and I love the new look, but I have had to explain multiple times
to new users how to change their desktop or even shutdown or reboot. 'System'
and 'Session' might be intuitive for seasoned users, but for someone fresh in
the world of GNU/Linux it is confusing.
For a new user "Session" is just clearly a broken concept - the choice should
not be offered at all. The choice of two desktops can't be explained in a
reasonable way. Right now we are compromising the new user for the techies there.
For System most likely shutdown/reboot should be toplevel buttons, not inside
the System button.
I don't think session is such an advanced concept. I don't see it as just to
pick between two desktops. But the ability to run a failsafe session is a very
useful thing that windows has an incredibly unintuitive way to do. Also you
cannot just have a session switcher inside the session since that's not very
robust. If one desktop breaks, you suddenly have no way to log into a different
desktop. I myself think that the desktop switching thing is done in a stupid
way currently since the desk switching is done inside an Xsession script so that
it works for startx as well. The startx setup should be the same as gdms and it
should read the session stored by the gdm (it is planned to have this in a
non-gdm specific location and have kdm do the same). I think trying to use the
same scripts for gdm, xdm/kdm and startx is broken as each will be slightly
broken in a different way.
In any case. What would you recommend for replacement labels. Note that they
cannot be too long. In the graphical greeter we can also add reboot/shutdown
buttons sinc ethe theme format supports that.
Hmm, this has to be done by screenshot freeze.
This involves some code changes, instead of just a theme change as I was hoping,
and the screenshot freeze is right on top of me, so will have to push to a
future release. Will move to gnome.org perhaps and change it there.
Basically the needed feature is a way to make a reboot/shutdown button in the
graphical greeter. I agree that displaying those directly instead of
"System" would be substantially better.
Nevermind, George told me how to do it. Done. (well, next build of