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Update SDW-Date widget tray icons
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The sdw-date iconography that surfaces in the Qubes tray, is not intuitive to users unfamiliar with the technical details of Whonix.

A majority of Qubes users will simply want to know if Whonix is or is not connected securely: yes or no. The clock semiotic only speaks to users who understand the concepts of time-sync. This imposes a cognitive burden on all non-technical Qubes users, and users new to both Qubes and operating a computer in a high opsec environment.

The tray icons today are also difficult to visually decipher, at the small size they are. The icons attached to this issue, are both 32x32; they should adequately replace the icons that are today 32x32 and 32x26. Note on the latter—it had displayed as "broken" until Marta with Qubes filed a bugfix. I suspect some of what contributed to the problem was that the PNG was not perfectly square. The new ones, I ensured are. They are also both transparent, as to not load with big white blocks behind them.

This issue is a duplicate of an issue I created in the Qubes Issues repo on GitHub.

I also suspect the majority of the "work" with implementing this, will be in change-management with regards to updating screenshots on both the Whonix and Qubes websites, and possibly documentation texts. I would love to take the implementation of this on, myself, but am not a developer and also have a very full plate with other user research and design work.

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ninavizz created this task.May 11 2020, 9:48 PM
Patrick changed Impact from Needs Triage to Normal.May 13 2020, 3:16 PM

Thanks! The new sdwdate-gui icons were committed to sdwdate-gui git master just now.

https://github.com/Whonix/sdwdate-gui/commit/0471ff0d93f337fe83c29705c7ac8618e3b122c6

@Patrick Wow, you are FAST!! <3 Thank you!

I did comment on the GitHub commit, with a "Waiting" icon (that Marta from Qubes pinged me on neglecting to include), and a grayscale "Stopped" icon—which will color better in the Qubes Tray UI. If those could make it into the commit, that would be superb.

At FPF, our trainers have a slide deck they use to train users on how to do allthings Qubes—and they will need to update their screenshots to reflect the new icons. Any idea when your commit will go out in a nightly?

Again, many thanks. :)

ninavizz (nina eleanor alter):

ninavizz added a comment.

@Patrick Wow, you are FAST!! <3 Thank you!

I did comment on the GitHub commit, with a "Waiting" icon (that Marta from Qubes pinged me on neglecting to include), and a grayscale "Stopped" icon—which will color better in the Qubes Tray UI. If those could make it into the commit, that would be superb.

https://github.com/Whonix/sdwdate-gui/commit/0471ff0d93f337fe83c29705c7ac8618e3b122c6

Any idea when your commit will go out in a nightly?

Available from Whonix developers repository now. I.e. by upgrading from
developers repository this change would be included.

https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Project-APT-Repository

Not sure that counts as nightly.

ninavizz added a comment.EditedMay 20 2020, 1:15 AM

@marmarek When do things ship in Qubes updates, from the Whonix dev repo (per Patrick's comment above)? Sorry, trying to coordinate with our training and documentation peeps for the Workstation—not "eager" just needing to manage other ppl's expectations.

Many thanks to you both (and Marta!) for the speedy response. <3

That is a question to @Patrick , he is managing Whonix repositories.

There's no ETA.