Re: Future of desktop splash screens - some thoughts

On Fri, 2004-10-15 at 09:23 -0400, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-10-15 at 09:02 +1000, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > Note that the splash screen could be defined as part of the metatheme (with
> > or without controls to modify it in the Theme > Details box), so that it
> > would not add significantly to the amount of visible preferences.
> I'm a bit skeptical of that because the two arguable purposes of the
> splash are to put a brand (GNOME or distribution) there, and to display
> progress; and making it part of a theme would break both of those
> things. (At least as long as I can remember, the progress display gets
> screwed up every time we change the splashscreen art - probably possible
> to solve technically, but not currently solved)

I don't see why users shouldn't be able to debrand their desktop if they
want to (this goes for the foot/fedora/'red n' menu as well.) And the
other part is simply a matter of saying 'we're going to lay down a
progress meter of this shape and size, and if your splash looks hideous
with that, deal.' That's roughly what OOo does.


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