Hot Dog Everywhere
The Fedora user experience should feature Hot Dog themed artwork everywhere.
- Name: Chris Lumens
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Targeted release: Fedora 15
- Last updated: 2010-10-13
- Percentage of completion: 0%
Fedora needs a serious user experience overhaul. Recent releases have focused on artwork that is too abstract, too focused on looking shiny. While the result look professional, it lacks a certain sense of the absurd. I mean, we're not doing brain surgery. This is just software packaging and wrangling. I propose creating a complete set of Hot Dog themed artwork that is used by default. This set will take the place of our current bootloader, installer, and desktop setup.
There will also be KDM and KSplash themes available for KDE users.
Benefit to Fedora
This feature shows Fedora to be a distribution with a sense of humor. It doesn't take itself too seriously. It is willing to throw aside the rancor of fedora-devel-list and recognize what is truly important: the friendly Hot Dog with its beady eyes. Just look at him. So happy.
This will require a plymouth plugin, bootloader artwork, firstboot artwork, anaconda artwork, and a desktop theme at the minimum. Much of this is likely already in the distribution, but is hidden because we then ship other packages that override these. We need to expose these defaults and make sure they are well polished.
We may also need to include a theme chooser applet which will enable the Beefy Miracle to take place. Mockup/screenshot:
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Do a default graphical installation. From the isolinux bootloader, through installation, the system boot up, login screen, the desktop, screensaver, and resume from suspend, I should see the happy smiling visage of the Hot Dog.
The user will be amused by the constant presence of the Hot Dog. The mustard indicates progress.
Most of the work required falls on the graphics team, though some coordination with desktop and installer will be required to make sure the components get integrated and enabled everywhere. Some package review might also be required. However, all work should fall within Fedora.
Stick to the existing bland, boring, meatless defaults.
There is no documentation at this time.
There are no release notes at this time, but we will need to write something up proudly declaring the bold new future of the Fedora user experience.