Can a Power Off button bring so many discussions up? Apparently it can, after all we are talking about the still controversial Gnome Shell. Today we’ ll show you the latest Power Off Menu tentative design from Allan Day.
And here it is..
- ‘Lock’ is a better term than ‘Screen Lock’ (since it affects more than just the screen)
- Suspend is typically activated by closing the lid on a laptop or with a power button on a tablet
- The power button on desktop machines isn’t always easily accessible
- Log out and switch user don’t make sense to people on single user systems (what are they logging out of, exactly?)
- Suspending a system doesn’t typically involve using the user menu:
Laptops – you close the lid
Desktops – leave it to go to sleep
Tablets – press the hard button
There isn’t something to add, Allan is pretty much clear about the new design that is still under progress and not final. What I want to emphasize is what Gnome developer Colin Walters said:
“Remember the recommended way to shut down GNOME 3 is to log out, and then shut down from the login screen; the Alt key is more of a hidden easter egg.”
That came as answer on Paul Burnham who proposed a solution for keyboard-less devices (ie tablets) :
“Another suggestion would be to determine if a physical keyboard is present, and if not display both “Suspend” AND “Power Off” menu items.”
This issue has been solved as you can see on the above image, but I am just emphasize the semantic significance of Logout before Shut Down. Speaking of semantic differences you can also check out the difference between Login and Lock screen.