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Re: [yast-devel] shutdown restart functionality
  • From: Martin Schmidkunz <mschmidkunz@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:22:45 +0200
  • Message-id: <4A82D035.2090902@xxxxxxx>
Ladislav Slezak wrote:
I think logout and reboot/shutdown actions should not be offered together.
IMO home
users on a desktop usually do shutdown at the end, reboot or logout just
(at least this is my experience). On the other hand in web applications you
use logout, reboot/shutdown is really unusual.

The other idea was to hide Shutdown and Restart under a combo box in the
title bar:
It could look something like this
[Icon] [Titel] Connected to: localhost | User: root | [Logout |v]

And Shutdown and Restart would only be accessible when selected.
The cons to this approach were:
* Is it obvious to the user? I think not.
* We would still need something like a confirmation pop up in order to
avoid unintended shut downs

Therefore I would not use the desktop approach and make these actions less
i.e. they don't need to be accessible at all pages (in the header).

I would find it much more confusing, if the shut down possibility would
be accessible only in some places.

Robert suggested adding buttons to the status part of the control center (to
right side).

Thanks for the mock ups!

Be honest, I find it hard to make a connection between status and shutdown.
The other concern is that similar functionalities are separated:
shutdown, restart and logout are all exit options but they are quite far
away from each other.

So therefore I would recommend to stick to the desktop-like approach.
But let`s wait for other opinions and I hope that some user tests would
bring in some clarification :-)

BTW: Can anyone of you recommend a simple git-tutorial page for an
absolute git-newbie like me? This would be perfect!



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