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Gnutella created this task.May 3 2019, 10:39
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Gnutella added a comment.EditedMay 5 2019, 07:40

First off, agreement should be reached on whether the installer should:

  1. default to full screen, as it does in pureos-8.0-plasma-live_20190501


  1. be as in pureos-8.0-plasma-live_20190126

I prefer 2 but this is meant to be a collaborative endeavor, hence your input would be much appreciated.

This is not a walled garden. Therefore, I'm kindly inviting and encouraging Gnome users to participate.

Obviously, marketing should be participating as well.

Without further ado, I'm linking some artwork worth considering, mostly as a staring point, for the Plasma builds.

So if this is going to be PureOS specific then we need to discuss this with @francois because he'll have PureOS related material that I imagine we'll want to use. If it is not meant to be PureOS specific, just a generic installer, then I don't really have an opinion beyond respecting existing copyrights and trademarks. I do hope to limit any customizations to images and slides that clarify what is happening for the user. I think it should be abundantly clear that the user is installing PureOS if that is in fact what is happening.

Gnutella added a subscriber: mak.May 6 2019, 15:08

@mak I'm coming from source and turns out that what I had in mind is rather inconvenient to do because it would require 2 Cala packages. One for Gnome and one for Plasma. Dare I ask if it's feasible?

@jeremiah.foster Most undoubtedly, the installer (whether in the Gnome or the Plasma build) should be PureOS-branded, but it's awkward to have artwork relating to Gnome in the Plasma build or vice versa.

mak added a comment.May 7 2019, 16:10

@Gnutella If it's just changes like a different slideshow, icon, colors and logo image then yes, that's possible - I already did that once.
That said, the GNOME flavor is currently the focus of development, the Plasma flavor is less well maintained (so focusing on GNOME as long as it doesn't completely break the Plasma installations would also be fair).

You can also style the whole UI of the installer to your liking with CSS/QSS (but that's quite a bit more work).

Gnutella added a comment.EditedMay 10 2019, 12:56

If it's just changes like a different slideshow, icon, colors and logo image then yes, that's possible ...

@mak Good to know, thanks. I've been experimenting with a number of concepts and as soon as I'll have something noteworthy, I'll let you know about it.

... the GNOME flavor is currently the focus of development, ...

I'm aware of that but it makes perfect sense for Plasma to be treated in an equal manner. It is just as much in demand as GNOME.

You can also style ...

I can come up with concepts and I can make graphics but CSS/QSS is probably not my thing at the moment, but one never knows. I just want the installer to look a little better, that's all. An installer is exactly that. It doesn't need to be a wiki or have many slides IMHO, but it must convey a short and to-the-point message:

A user friendly, secure and freedom respecting GNU/Linux OS for your daily usage.
With PureOS, you are the only one in control of your digital life.

That's all it needs to say. But that's just my opinion. This OS is not only targeting people who are already GNU/Linux users but also, if not predominantly, people who are fleeing from Windows and Mac and who don't necessarily know or particularly care about what



Gnutella added a comment.EditedMay 12 2019, 02:47

Making slow but steady progress ...

Feel free to comment.

Squid added a subscriber: Squid.EditedSep 20 2019, 09:37

This has been pending for too long. We definitely need to do something about it asap. The product (excuse the mercantile formulation) needs to be polished from one end to the other. It would be more practical to have 1 installer for both flavors but that would result in confusion.

The wording has improved. Words such as GNU, Linux, Gnome, Plasma and distribution have been cleverly avoided, which is a good thing IMHO. A bit of redundancy is immediately obvious though. But overall it's going in the right direction. I'm pretty certain that 1 installer for both flavors is the right approach.

jonas.smedegaard triaged this task as Normal priority.May 25 2021, 12:26