Initial System Setup
Status: Implementation in progress
After acquiring or installing a new system there are a few essential things to set up before use. It would be nice if GNOME had a simple, easy, and safe way to prepare a new system.
This should only include a few essential steps for which we can't provide good defaults:
- Get onto the network
- Create a user account
- Set the correct timezone / location
- Set up online accounts
- Learn some basics about GNOME 3
The desired experience is that the system boots straight into the initial-setup tool, and when the setup tasks are completed, we smoothly transition into the user session for the newly created user account.
The initial-setup tool will run with gnome-shell in a somewhat reduced UI, similar to the way gnome-shell is used on the login screen.
We also want to offer the user a friendly way to learn more about GNOME, by taking a 'tour' after completing these setup tasks.
The design for the initial-setup application can be found here.
The support for 'Enterprise Logins' will make use of a new D-Bus service, realmd, that is being developed by Stef Walter. It is also going to be used in ThreePointFive/Features/UserPanel.
Matthias Clasen, Jasper St. Pierre
Ray Strode, Florian Muellner, Jasper St. Pierre, Jon McCann
Affected modules: gnome-shell, gdm, gnome-initial-setup
The design is still being refined, implementation exists in (gnome-initial-setup). Bugs that track necessary changes:
#676697 (gnome-shell) Add an initial-setup mode
#676156 (gnome-shell) generalize --gdm-mode to 'kiosk mode'
#678057 (gdm) support an initial-setup mode
#679474 (gnome-initial-setup) rework the gdm integration
A gnome-initial-setup 0.2 release has been made available.
How to Help
Contact Matthias, Jasper or Ray