Bug 72847 - RFE: System startup progress bar
Summary: RFE: System startup progress bar
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: distribution   
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Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact: Preston Brown
Keywords: FutureFeature
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Reported: 2002-08-28 11:35 UTC by Mike MacCana
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:30 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-03-01 20:58:36 UTC
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Description Mike MacCana 2002-08-28 11:35:46 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper: 
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3; Linux) 
Description of problem: 
This is too late to go into the nest release, but I'm hoping you'll mark it as 
DEFERRED if you like the idea. 
It would be good to provide users with some feedback while their systems boot. 
I think a small progress bar (on a small strip of background similar to 
kernel-boot from 7.3) would provide both users new to Linux with just a little 
added feedback while they wait for their system to start.  
The Linux Progress Patch allows values to be assigned to each initscript for 
expected startup time, which are totalled to get the percentage of the boot 
process the system is in. No progress bar is 100% accurate, but this does a 
reasonable job.  
The main question here is:  
* Would this benefit users (I think so). 
* I know this is possible to do with vesafb startups. Is it also possible to 
do with plain VGA? 
* Is it safe to assume users have VGA compatible display cards? 
* Is it safe to assume readers have VESA compatible displays cards? 
Just an idea, and I know you're busy guys with lots of real bugs to chase. But 
Red Hat have seemed to do a lot of work on Linux UI issues of late, so I 
thought suggesting a progress bar during an operation that takes a fair while 
(like startup) might benefit users.  
Again, I'm sure this is too late for the next release, but I think marking 
this RFE as DEFERRED would benefit users. 
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 
How reproducible: 
Steps to Reproduce: 
1.Sit a new user in front of a Red Hat system as it boots 
2.Ask them if they'd like a progress bar ;) 
Additional info:

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2005-03-01 20:58:36 UTC
This was added in the form of RHGB.

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