Drop splash screens in 4.14?

Peter de Ridder peter at xfce.org
Sun Mar 8 15:26:10 CET 2015

On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 11:36 AM, Guido Berhoerster <gber at opensuse.org> wrote:
> * Simon Steinbeiß <simon at xfce.org> [2015-03-07 11:19]:
>> Hey everyone,
>> I had a brief look at porting xfce4-session to Gtk3 and what I immediately noticed is that the splash screens are still relying on tons of gdk drawing routines that would all have to be ported to Cairo in order to continue working.
>> Now I really would prefer to avoid any backlash of the type "Meh, you ported to Gtk3 and now you dropped all those wonderful features!! You're just like Gnome!! Boooh!" – I generally think porting 1:1 is a good idea. Then again, the splash screens made me wonder whether there are still people who actually use them. (I personally have only tried them once back in 4.4 and never since then.)
>> So yeah, naturally it's not impossible to port them, but it's going to be a bit of an effort (and I wonder whether we don't have bigger fish to fry).
>> My proposal is to drop the splash screens for 4.14, but I'd like to hear whether you have any concerns.
> We use a themed splash screen (the simple one) by default on
> openSUSE and I think it makes sense given that startup takes
> quite some time even on a reasonably fast computer.  I don't
> think it all of the engines need to be ported but some mechanism
> like the simple engine consisting of a user-selectable pixmap +
> progressbar should be kept.
> --
> Guido Berhoerster

I do use the "simple" splash screen to on my pc as it takes about 5
seconds to setup the session. I don't care for the full screen
versions since after the dialog disapears there are still icons
I think for these case it is usefull to show that everything is done
starting, as there is no guarantee that the launcher icons are the
last to finish (that being the entrypoint to start additional


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