Written by roshan.george the 28 May 08 at 10:48.
Category: Look and Feel.
After you log in through GDM, the startup sound usually plays before anything else starts, so sometimes you hear the sound even though the desktop is not yet ready i.e. you're still staring at the brown screen and the panels haven't come up yet.
Changing the time that sound is played to right after everything is ready would be a much more useful thing, it would actually indicate when you can use the computer.
From Squiggle in the comments (a much better idea):
Play a loopable sound (8 bar blues, etc) until loading is done then when things are loaded finish with another sound indicating all is ready to go. This is the sort of thing that games do well.
Yeah, and if the system is about to crash, just play Metallica - Fade to Black, it takes just about as much time as it would take a guy with a lot of hope to realize the system is hung up....i'm sorry i had to say that :))