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[yast-devel] shutdown restart functionality
  • From: Martin Schmidkunz <mschmidkunz@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:20:39 +0200
  • Message-id: <4A82B397.5040603@xxxxxxx>

concerning the shutdown/restart functionality of webYaST I`d like to
propose to do it in a similar way as it is done on the desktop instead
of creating a single module.

How this solution might look like can be viewed at:

Just click on "Exit" in the upper right corner and then a pop up appears
which asks the user how he would like to end the session:
* logout: just ends the session and returns to login screen
* restart: restarts the system and prompts a login screen
* shutdown: shuts down the system

Please note that this is just a draft to show you the idea behind it.
That means that icons and labels are just quick placeholders :-)

I would suggest not to use any additional explanatory text (e.g.
Shutdown - Shuts down your system) because the text would show only a
limited amout of additional information and might annoy the target user

The reasons to do something similar as it is done by the desktop would be:
* consistency with user expectations and the users concepts of shutting
down a graphical environment
* to avoid confusion because the shutdown module would be on the same
hierarchical level as a single module but affect the whole system and
not just a single part of it
* modules are used for configuration and shutdown/reboot is unrelated to

Looking forward to your comments,


Martin Schmidkunz
User Experience Specialist
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