Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Feb 2006 11:36 UTC, submitted by kejar31
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Ubuntu team has released Dapper Drake Flight CD4, the 4th alpha release on the way to the final release of Dapper Drake (which is now in upstream version freeze). Besides many cosmetic changes to the boot sequence, GDM, and GNOME in general, this release features Espresso (a live-CD installer), GNOME 2.14 Beta 2, and much more. The team has also included a 'very special and early gift' - Novell's Xgl and Compiz. Downloads for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu are in the release announcement.
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Why screw the login screen?
by Temcat on Sun 19th Feb 2006 15:25 UTC
Temcat
Member since:
2005-10-18

I seriously don't get this:

http://www.simplifiedcomplexity.com/images/screenshots/dapper/fligh...

Do they really believe that REMOVING the Reboot and Shutdown commands from the GDM login screen actually SIMPLIFIES the interface?! To a power user it's one more needless click and mouse movement, and a novice user might even get confused: "How do I restart or turn off the damn thing?" To him this Options menu where they've hidden the commands would most likely be associated with configuring something.

This is a really stupid change. If they really want to have as few controls as possible, they could at least make an Action menu with Reboot, Shutdown, Suspend, and Hibernate commands, and a Preferences menu with Select Language, Select Session, and XDMCP Chooser options (I doubt that the latter is even needed). That way it would still require more clicks than necessary, but at least it would be more discoverable.

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RE: Why screw the login screen?
by Ascay on Sun 19th Feb 2006 15:58 in reply to "Why screw the login screen?"
Ascay Member since:
2005-07-11

I guess the normal user chooses shutdown or reboot in the menu on the desktop. He doesn't logoff and then chooses shutdown on the login screen.

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de_wizze Member since:
2005-10-31

But still I think there should at least be a clear distinction between "Action" and "Option"

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RE: Why screw the login screen?
by JrezIN on Sun 19th Feb 2006 16:21 in reply to "Why screw the login screen?"
JrezIN Member since:
2005-06-29

I guess that making these options a click away will help the user logging in with the keyboard and also won't confuse (or require reading) the user which button should be used. (but, still... wtf is a "re-BOOT"? "Restart" is way more understandable to the user)

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Wrawrat Member since:
2005-06-30

If reading is an issue, then adding icons besides the Reboot/Restart and Shutdown buttons would be a better solution. Now, an user that would like to make one of these two operations are going to wonder where the buttons are gone, especially those who have already used them... Even if eliminating them was a good thing, Options doesn't look like the proper place to put them since they are actions.

Keeping things simple is nice, but wasn't it already simple enough? If anything, I would have added a button besides the username/password box since less knowledgeable people might not know that you need to do Enter.

The rest is nice, though. I just downloaded Flight 3 but I'm going to give it a try.

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