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Add YaST Functionalities under GNOME "Common Tasks" Header

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Currently, the GNOME Control Center features a "Common Tasks" banner on the sidebar of the window. An an improvement, some common YaST tasks could be added under this banner (currently, only "Set Preferred Applications" is listed). Some possible functionality:

  • Add User Account
  • Add/remove software repositories
  • Open administrator settings* (opens YaST)
*Because there is no other method of opening YaST besides actually knowing that one needs to open YaST (e.g., new user).



icons/user_comment.png E. S. wrote: (9 years ago)

See: Merge Gnome Control Center and Yast-gtk windows

I strongly agree, it's very confusing.

icons/user_comment.png M. L. wrote: (9 years ago)

Martin, can you comment from a usability point of view?

icons/user_comment.png M. S. wrote: (9 years ago)

Based on SLED 11 I would like to make the following comments:
Currently some entries in the GNOME control center are YaST modules and the user has to enter a separate root pw every time he clicks on one of them. This is annoying for the user and the dublication of YaST modules (module accessible via YaST and GNOME control center) is confusing.
My first idea was to merge the YaST modules completely into the GNOME control center but this is not done that easily as there are some (7) dublicates with different setting options: e.g. Bluetooth is a gtk-module and a YaST module.
So, the easiest way might be to clearly separate YaST modules (where a root pw is needed for access) and all the other stuff.
The pro would be the user would only need to enter the root pw once.

Concerning the "common tasks":
rather than listing them I would suggest to allow the user to type the task into a search field.
The objections I have are:

  • * common tasks for SLED and SLES users are clearly different so there would be some adjustments needed
  • * if all common tasks are shown below the group sections the list may soon become quite huge and therefore difficult to comprehend
  • * what are "typical tasks"? E.g. add a user is a common task for a sysadmin but not for the desktop newbie.

Thirdly I would like to make some small adjustments to the current control center (http://en.opensuse.org/UX/Control_Center_Integration):

  • * remove items which are YaST modules
  • * regroup items according to http://en.opensuse.org/UX/Control_Center_Integration
  • * make YaST control center accessible via groups
  • * move "Common Tasks" into "Search"
  • * remove "assisstive technologies" item as it is only a jumpad to other items in the control center and has no real function

Last change: 9 years ago
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