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Background: Where is the suspend/hibernate button in GNOME Shell?

I think this design looks clean and is convenient to use but practically impossible to discover without the help of google. It feels like the developers are deliberately discouraging the use of sleep.

  1. There are plenty of space in the drop down menu, so why not add another button for sleep?
  2. After pressing the power-off button, a prompt pops and lets user select between reboot and power-off, which is a classic design dating back to Windows 9x, so why not add a sleep or hibernate option there?

Is there a email thread that can explain for the rationale of the current design?

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  • Your current thinking could be accurate where this design is drawn from the thinking of "well we've always done it, why change?" Maybe design is also an after thought for them because clearly this is created from a developer's perspective – Majo0od Nov 19 '19 at 16:20
  • We don't know why they hid it – Tvde1 Nov 20 '19 at 14:12
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As for the rationale behind this solution, there are discussions about it, e.g. in:

The main reasoning for not showing that option appears to be based on the following observation mentioned in the design discussion:

April - July 2012

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Suspending a system doesn't typically involve using the user menu:

Laptops - you close the lid

Desktops - leave it to go to sleep

Tablets - press the hard button

The decision to hide the button looks no longer relevant since the recent suggestion of introducing the aforementioned button is very well met by the community (21 approving reactions and 0 disapproving). According to the discussion under the suggestion, the only thing that seems controversial is where to put it in the UI. The current design guidelines also are tentatively setting a goal to show the suspending button.

It worths mentioning that hibernation and sleeping are different things depending on the operating system. I left it out since it doesn't seem to be very important in the context of this answer.

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