1 Mar 2001
(updated 1 Mar 2001 at 19:21 UTC) »
Chris Blizzard wrote:
Hrm. Well, I'm not against having a splash
screen for mozilla but it
was voted down pretty hard by the community.
Plus, it added some
nasty dependencies in the wrong places.
As for a SIGTERM in the launcher script I
think that's a bad idea. We
need to fix it the right way with lock files
and timeouts. Some of that
means we need to change things in mozilla but
that's OK IMHO. It's
not more than a few days work but it's still
pretty low on my list of
things to do.
Well, I've been thinking pretty hard about this, and I'm
surprised that the "mozilla -splash" flag was "voted down
... by the community." It makes me wonder whether
the "community" that Chris is referring to here has had much
experience with public, shared terminals and donated
hardware. It seems like most Mozilla developers probably
have their own computers which would blow away the
dual-P166, 64MB SDRAM Cafe Freebox -- and they don't have to
worry about the 45-second delay that the Cafe User
experiences while waiting for Netscape or Mozilla to load.
I think it's also generally true that Linux power users who
actually know what's happening when they click on a button
are more inclined to wait a minute than the Windoze-trained,
point-and-drool crowd, who expect instant feedback from
GUI. Unfortunately, 90% of the folks who use my GNOME
install are the impatient sort.
In the context of the Cafe, a tcl / wish wrapper that threw
a little logo on the screen would be an easy enough hack.
But it would be nice if I had access to a bigger lizard logo
than just the GNOME panel icon. I should ask Mozilla logo
Fairey whether he'd like to design a new logo for
Mozilla's splash screen. Then again, I'm not exactly
authorized to spend Mozilla's money hiring graphic designers
just because they happen to be bold, iconoclastic young
Of course, Chris is also correct when he points out that
the SIGTERM is no solution to a problem which should really
be solved by lock files and timeouts. Hmm, the "led" script
I use to lock and edit dist files for lists does that very
thing, and I've already seen the source code for that. Maybe
that's what I ought to base my wrapper scripts on.
UTSL: use the source, luke