[Maverick] "Gnome" & "Failsafe Gnome" need to be renamed in GDM Sessions dialogue

Bug #599336 reported by Jerone Young on 2010-06-28
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OEM Priority Project
gnome-session (Ubuntu)
Jerone Young
Jerone Young

Bug Description

Today in sessions dialogue we have the Ubuntu Netbook Edition labeled properly, but OEMs have express that the words "GNOME" & especially "Failsafe GNOME" make no since to newer users. They would like to see this changed along the lines of:

Gnome -> "Ubuntu Desktop Edition"


Gnome -> "Gnome Desktop"


Failsafe Gnome -> "Gnome Desktop Safe Mode"

They wouldn't mind "GNOME Failsafe" being removed as they say "The user has no idea what this is for".

Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-06-28
summary: - [Maverick] "Gnome" & "Gnome Failsafe" need to be renamed in Sessions
+ [Maverick] "Gnome" & "Failsafe Gnome" need to be renamed in Sessions
description: updated

This is what I am talking about. The lastest 10.10 UNE build. It also has a bunch of other entries that shouldn't even be there.

Jerone Young (jerone) wrote :

These labels have been called "geeky" and not something an average user can relate to.

Changed in oem-priority:
status: New → Confirmed
Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-06-28
summary: - [Maverick] "Gnome" & "Failsafe Gnome" need to be renamed in Sessions
+ [Maverick] "Gnome" & "Failsafe Gnome" need to be renamed in GDM Sessions
Changed in oem-priority:
assignee: nobody → Canonical Platform QA Team (canonical-platform-qa)
Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-06-28
description: updated
description: updated
Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-06-28
description: updated
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

those strings are coming from gdm, assigning to the right package.

affects: ubuntu → gdm (Ubuntu)
Changed in gdm (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Canonical Desktop Team (canonical-desktop-team)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in oem-priority:
assignee: Canonical Platform QA Team (canonical-platform-qa) → nobody
Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-07-12
affects: gdm (Ubuntu) → gnome-session (Ubuntu)
Jerone Young (jerone) wrote :

These are specified via standard .desktop files. There are a few places these files can live


Not sure where the entry ~./xsession comes from though.

The main point is not what they are named. Just that the names be descriptive.

Jerone Young (jerone) wrote :

The other thing is "Failsafe Gnome" seems to make little since, and doesn't work.

/usr/share/xsessions/gnome-failsafe.desktop says "This session logs you into GNOME without user applications" ?

-) Failsafe Gnome is not very descriptive
-) The description is only found in the .desktop file or any application that reads that descritpion (but GDM does not)
-) The description doesn't tell me this is Gnome not starting up any startup services
    * I saw it as though Gnome without the ability to run any applications

Will propose new name & description in patch.

Jerone Young (jerone) wrote :

I've taken a picture of the proposed naming scheme. All are in gnome-session source

GNOME -> Ubuntu Desktop Edition (Gnome)
  * This is data/gnome.desktop.in

Failsafe GNOME -> Ubuntu Desktop Edition (Gnome) Safe Mode
  * This is a patch in debian/patches/11_add_failstae_option.patch

Also would like to change the description of Failsafe Gnome to better describe what it does. This description should say something in the area of:
"Disables compiz and user startup programs on log in."

If this is agreed. I can create the patch for both if needed. See picture to see how it looks.

Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-07-12
Changed in oem-priority:
importance: Undecided → High
Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-07-12
Changed in oem-priority:
importance: High → Medium
Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-07-13
visibility: private → public

The patch looks totally fine to me in the photo, but I don't see the actual patch attach. Perhaps you could attach the patch and then someone on the desktop team, such as Robert Ancell can go ahead and apply it for you?

Changed in gnome-session (Ubuntu):
assignee: Canonical Desktop Team (canonical-desktop-team) → Jerone Young (jerone)
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

the change makes sense, not sure if GNOME should be written though, space is limited on some screen and the translation could be taking extra chars compared to your screenshot

If seb128 thinks leaving out the "GNOME" is appropriate, I am guess that this would be preferred by OEM customers too, so I am agreeable if we want to leave that out.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-session - 2.30.2-0ubuntu2

gnome-session (2.30.2-0ubuntu2) maverick; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/23_session_names.patch:
    - Use clearer session names (LP: #599336)

  [ Martin Pitt ]
  * debian/control.in: Replace strict dependency to gnome-panel with a
    Recommends to gnome-panel | unity.
 -- Robert Ancell <email address hidden> Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:55:24 +1000

Changed in gnome-session (Ubuntu Maverick):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Jerone Young (jerone) on 2010-07-18
Changed in oem-priority:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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