Comment 37 for bug 437429

David Ward (dpward) wrote :

@Oliver -- I must respectfully disagree with you that the "login ready" sound should be on by default for accessibility reasons.

A visually impaired person would not be able to go through the Ubuntu installation process unassisted -- there are no sounds in Ubiquity. Whoever is setting up the system for a visually impaired person would easily be able to enable this sound (or the system manufacturer, in the case of a pre-loaded system).

In any case, the sound could be much more subtle or inconspicuous and serve the same purpose. Instead it sounds tacky, and from an HCI perspective it makes the Ubuntu startup process abrupt in many contexts that others have described (library, meetings, late night), rather than one that is natural and user-centric.

I have to challenge this as a design decision.