[virt-tools-list] [PATCH] Add operating system icon in the Details->Overview pane.

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Wed Apr 20 10:55:28 UTC 2011

On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 04:50:28PM +0100, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> This adds an icon to each Operating System section in the
> Details->Overview pane.  If inspection completes while a guest's
> Details window is open, then the icon updates itself(!)
> Screenshots:
> http://oirase.annexia.org/tmp/vmm-with-logo.png
> http://oirase.annexia.org/tmp/vmm-with-logo-2.png
> The icons are taken from either Wikipedia or the upstream project and
> resized to 32 px width by myself.  You may be wondering about the
> legality of including these trademarked icons in Fedora packages, and
> I was too.  I asked Fedora Legal for a verdict with no reply yet:
> http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/legal/2011-April/001604.html

It seems pretty discouraging

  "The complete answer here is not simple, but I can give you a simple one:

   * Don't do it. It would not be acceptable for Fedora. Use the word marks

   Let me know if that is not sufficient and you want the more complete answer."

Could we side-step the entire issue, by actually using libguestfs to
extract an icon file from the guest OS image. Most OS installs include
some kind of theme with icons/graphics in their default install set.
It won't work 100% of the time, but perhaps it'd work often enough to
be viable.

With libosinfo, we can associate arbitrary metadata with operating
system definitions. So we could include a URI for an icon file in
the libosinfo databases for each OS, and then virt-manager could
simply download icons on the fly.

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