Review Request: Disable logout sound

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Sun Jan 31 21:08:57 GMT 2010

On January 31, 2010, Michael Pyne wrote:
> On Saturday 30 January 2010 14:56:57 Markus Slopianka wrote:
> > > On 2010-01-30 08:55:47, Lubos Lunak wrote:
> > > > I disagree. If the problem is a too long logout sound, the problem
> > > > should be fixed.
> > 
> > Seriously, does anyone (except visual impaired people) even need the
> > sound notifications? I find them all highly annoying. IMHO they all
> > should be disabled by default.
> Strictly speaking there are very few things that people *need*. One good
> way to disable all sound is just to verify you have no soundcard drivers
> hooked up, since it's not like having sound is *required* to make your
> computer work.

unless we count watching video or listening to music valid use cases ;) i do 
think there is a difference between audio notifications, which have other 
means to be presented (e.g. visually), and all sounds (which often -is- the 
use case).

in any case, the log in / log out may be not particularly "useful" but some of 
them, such as "i am automatically going to sleep now" or "your battery is 
really low!" having audio cues is really useful because these situations 
happen often enough when the user isn't paying attention (esp visually) to 
their computer (esp the low battery case).

for this reason, i think we need to do a case-by-case evaluation. the default 
decision could (should?) certainly be "no sound" with a valid use case for 
justifying its existent being required to change that into "has a sound on by 

my 0.02 :)

Aaron J. Seigo
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