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This is no where near finished but here's some first bits of startup notifications in (i'm usually using on the but I needed something that takes longer to start up so i went for ):

@agx Very useful, especially on slower hardware and non-optimized code paths. Of course the L5 has nothing of that 😆 .

@agx That's great design. Instant feedback for clicking on something can help a lot for the perceived latency. 👍

@agx @agx Splash screens aren't very useful as they don't communicate anything to the user other than "something happened". We realized this is bad UX in web design decades ago. If it can't be instant, tell the user how long it will take.

@adam Good luck telling the user how long arbitrary code will take to show something useful

@adam Remember this is happening in phosh, not the app, really it more analogous to shell showing a busy cursor than a splash screen

@zbrown Anything is better than nothing (which is how it is now). Communicating how long something will take can be done by plain text, a progress bar animation, or progressive loading. Even if the splash screen says "Loading" in plain text, that communicates more of what's going on to the user than a static app icon or throbber does.

@adam well plain text, process bar and progressive loading are all out - phosh simply can't know that

I'm not sure "Loading" adds much

@zbrown Yeah, I don't know anything about the back-end side so that's a shame Phosh is so limited. But from the UX perspective... Which is the best user experience of the following:

- Your spouse leaves without saying anything to you?
- Your spouse puts a orange circular icon on the door and then leaves?
- Your spouse says, "I'm going out to get milk" and then leaves?
- Your spouse says, "I'm going out to get milk and I'll be back in 20 minutes.", leaves, and comes back in 20 minutes?

@adam It's not phosh, it's just how app launching works - you can't do this in shell, KDE, Windows either

Web can do a *bit* better, esp on return visits, but it's still a lot of work and you'll always get an initial blank page and spinner

@zbrown I see informative loading screens when launching programs in Windows every day. Photoshop goes through the whole list of "initializing" or "loading" every piece that it needs before the program is available.

@adam That's a splash screen

It's done by the app

Windows knows nothing

@zbrown But, I as a user, know what's going on... and that's the important thing.

@adam Well sure, but that's for an app to do if they want to, phosh simply can't

Nothing about Guido's work prevents apps doing that, they are just showing a placeholder until the app puts something (*anything*) on the screen be it the actual app or a placeholder/splash of their own

@adam @agx Speaking from experience, communicating that *something* is happening is better than not providing visual feedback to the user's action. This is a good step in the right direction.

@okennedy @agx Yes, that's one step up from "not responding" or frozen. Which is the best user experience of the following:

- Your spouse leaves without saying anything to you?
- Your spouse puts a orange circular icon on the door and then leaves?
- Your spouse says, "I'm going out to get milk" and then leaves?
- Your spouse says, "I'm going out to get milk and I'll be back in 20 minutes.", leaves, and comes back in 20 minutes?

@adam @agx I completely agree that there are more opportunities for improvement here, and if that was your entire argument then I withdraw my objection. Your original post had a very disparaging tone that made it seem like you felt that this was moving things in the wrong direction. (It seems to me like a splash screen would be a prerequisite for a progress bar)

@okennedy @adam exactly! The whole point is to demo that we detect the app launch correctly, come up with some animation and have a rough idea when to close that thing (which is the most complicated bit). Spinners, nicer graphics, etc are yet to come. It's all divide and conquer:separate UI representation from the lower level plumbing so design and plumbing can progress.

@agx @okennedy I don't think you need fancy animations or ambiguous graphics at all. Just be flat out completely honest with the user: "I'm loading Firefox right now." That will make it very obvious and obvious is best: medium.com/google-design/the-o

@okennedy @agx Yes, I totally apologize for the disparaging tone!! The intention of being helpful was my goal as I would like to see Linux on smartphones succeed and I believe the best way to do that is with extremely user-friendly design, since I don't think Linux will be able to afford Apple level marketing.

@agx That looks really nice! This will definitely improve the UX!

@dylanvanassche @agx It looks very nice!

In Endless Os they did something similar when launching apps but they added a loading spinner around the app icon

@agx the question is, what should happen if the process dies before creating a window. I personally believe a "This application has crashed" warning with a choice to close or to restart the app" should be the right choice.

@agx Beautiful! I always thought that a swirly icon in the left of the bottom bar would be perfect, but this is hard to criticize!

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