GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 377144
Branding on the System tab
Last modified: 2011-11-11 10:03:55 UTC
There is now GNOME branding on the system tab. This is a bad thing for the following reasons:
1. Looks out of place in non-blue themes
2. Branding for GNOME outside the about-gnome box is bad
3. Is likely to be patched out by distributors, meaning more patches
3. it's meant for that
I am a little confused. Do you mean that the system tab is meant for branding?
As the system info tab displays the distribution of the computer, what's wrong with adding a little logo ?
The patch comes from novell. I had a friend of my do a gnome logo to replace the novell one. Packagers are free to replace it. Do you think it's a bad idea to display the distribution logo ?
I am not a big fan of excessive branding, as I like "ego-less" computers. There is place for this kind of branding, the about box. Note that I am only talking about the image, not the quite useful text beside it.
I don't know what to do : i think it's nice to get the logo of the distribution next to the distribution name but i understand your point of view.
> 1. Looks out of place in non-blue themes
aka *breaks accessibility*
please remove as soon as possible
(not to mention this kind of branding is annoying and unhelpful)
I strongly agree that this should be removed.
Fixed in the development version. The fix will be available in the next major release. Thank you for your bug report.
Thanks Benoit. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Gnome branding has always been a hugely difficult subject, it is amazing quite how complicated it can be to develop even something like gnome-about which seems terribly simple.
I'm reopening the bug, since I think that branding the system tab is a nice idea. I'm probably too late, since we are in UI freeze and my patch seems to have a little refresh problem (try move another window over system monitor one). If someone can spot the problem, please fix it :)
Created attachment 80841 [details] [review]
Created attachment 80842 [details]
Background stripes are in a hidden layer.
Created attachment 80843 [details]
Created attachment 80844 [details]
Yes, the new colour stuff does solve the theme clashing issue. However, it does not solve the "branding in inappropriate places" problem. To me, any branding in the system tab is wrong. The appropriate place for that is the About box and the default browser homepage.
Your patch is so great ! I am definitely looking after someone from the release-team (?) to clearly state about this branding issue. But it's too late because of the freeze.
(Moreover, vuntz asked for the GNOME version to be displayed in http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=399069 so having a logo makes some sense)
we are not in the UI freeze yet: it'll be in act tonight at 00:00 UTC. and even in that case, you can request a break from the release-team.
For me, having this branding in place seems to be the right thing because this page of the system monitor is just about this, information about the system.
I would even go one stem further and include GNOME release info here (a GNOME section between OS and Hardware) and include all the info from about-gnome here (which is basicly: Version and Build Date). This could even replace the gnome-about, as it is really not that helpful and the info given there would better be given on a web page (well most of the program is web links anyway)
This branding looks great :-), I think that this should be added (with the latest patch) in gnome 2.18.
Thanks a lot :-)
Is this patch OK with accessibility ?
Created attachment 80892 [details]
new mockup inspired by Gnome splash screen
The patch was committed, thanks. I'm going to close the bug.