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Improving the Fedora 19 Boot Experience

Recently Red Hat’s Matthias Clasen started a new discussion on the Fedora Project developer mailing list to discuss possible ways to improve the Fedora boot experience. I would love to see F19 make a good first impression. The first time you see something Fedora-related on the screen currently is the graphical grub screen, followed by the filling-in-Fedora of Plymouth, followed by the gdm login screen. Grub in particular is problematic, with a starfield background that looks like a Fedora background from a few releases ago and a progress bar that indicates the progress in ‘booting the bootloader’. There are also

New Shell-like Greeter for GNOME

There are plans to replace the greeter in GNOME 3.2 which is due out in a couple on months. Here is what is is the login experience is planned to look like: The GNOME sheep seem to be following Bill the Microsoft shepherd. Maybe I do not understand security but surely it would be better not to expose usernames. In the days of yore, you had to remember both a username and a password. Nowadays the trend seems to be to expose the usernames and simply rely on the strength of a password for security. If I recall correctly, this