Comment 160 for bug 332945

On Wed, 2009-04-08 at 19:55 +0000, Mark Shuttleworth wrote:
> I think it's important that we not treat the OS specially,

Mark, thanks for your comments. I think this one area where there is
considerable disagreement: The OS is different - when the computer needs
to tell me something, I probably shouldn't ignore it. Think firealarm.

But anything not from the OS - IM, email, etc. - is a doorbell that I
can safely if I want. They are very different types and need to be
presented differently so that users can easily recognize when which is a
doorbell and which is a firealarm.

Using the same signal presentation for both firealarms and doorbells is
a bug - the same underlying technology can be used, but the signal
presentation MUST be different.

I covered this in more detail on the Comments page in the wiki.