Switch "Shut Down" to "Switch Off" and "Suspend" to "Sleep"

Bug #531486 reported by Ted Gould on 2010-03-03
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-session (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-session

We're trying to unify the naming throughout Ubuntu of how the user tells Ubuntu to be ready for the power to be removed and that it should only keep the memory active removing power from other components. For those we are using "Switch Off" and "Sleep".

The following is diff changing those strings on the latest package in Lucid.

Ted Gould (ted) wrote :
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Patch looks good, from what I can tell. Thanks!

tags: added: patch
Changed in gnome-session (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-session - 2.29.6-0ubuntu4

gnome-session (2.29.6-0ubuntu4) lucid; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/22_support_autostart_delay.patch,
    - switch "Shut Down" to "Switch Off" and "Suspend" to "Sleep" and use those
      names in a consistent way with other desktop components, thanks Ted Gould
      (lp: #531486)
 -- Sebastien Bacher <email address hidden> Wed, 03 Mar 2010 19:39:09 +0100

Changed in gnome-session (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Milo Casagrande (milo) wrote :


is it possible to have an explanation of why "Shut Down" has been renamed to "Switch Off"?
I reckon Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac all use "Shut Down" (Windows XP is using "Turn off"). Where else has "Switch Off" been used in Gnome? Shouldn't "Switch Off" be used where there is a real button to press?


Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Hi Milo. We're using "Switch Off" because we think it's more direct and straightforward, and that in this case it outweighs consistency with other OSes. Other parts of Gnome have been fixed in other bug reports (bug 531495, bug 531493, bug 531491).

Luca Ferretti (elle.uca) wrote :

Matthew, while I'm not a native English speaker (so I ignore if "switch off" is better for native people), I see the following objective issues in this change:
 * as Milo said, other OS/DE (kde too) are using a different word, you'll have to close many bugs asking to restore "shut down" :)
 * upstream - is this an Ubuntu only change, or are you planning to propose upstream? Unfortunately the GNOME 2.30 string freeze should be yet active, so I fear there not so much time to ask for the change and give positive feedback
 * translations - it could be good announce this change to translators, pointing to all modules affected, in order to help to update localized version in short time (or will have a LST partially translated in a major feature)

As a final, useless, personal note, I disagree on your "in this case it outweighs consistency with other OSes", see

Luca Ferretti (elle.uca) wrote :

PS of course I forgot to mention that this change will affect documentation too... :(

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