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SubjectRe: Scaring the non-geeks (was Bootscreen)
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On Wed, 2003-01-29 at 08:09, Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk wrote:
> > Hmmm, I think the traditional text diagnostic messages are best kept
> > as they are, otherwise we'll end up with bug reports like this:
> >
> > Date: Jan 28 14:39:29 2006
> > Subject: Kernel 3.6.2 boot failiure
> > To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > I just upgraded from 3.6.1, which booted fine, to 3.6.2, which stops
> > after Tux has waved twice, and winked his left eye.
>
> The point is that Linux should allow for a user-friendly image (yes! possibly
> with Tux winking with the eyes or something - in a Mac sorta way). This will
> allow for higher user-friendlyness, but should be turned off by default. That
> way, SuSE, RedHat and the rest can turn it on if they want to do support
> without the verbose messaging. Perhaps do it like 'if splash screen's active,
> one can disable it by holding SHIFT or something pressed down'.
>
> I don't know about you, but most non-technical people DO NOT LIKE verbose
> messages they can't understand. My father was scared by the linux bootup when
> I installed Linux on their PC.

How do positive terms such as OK or YES scare people?

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