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Re: Desktop profiles

[José L. Redrejo Rodríguez]
> For the Gnome part: the user profile is stored in a gconf database (at
> ~/.gconf). The gconf database is initializated with defaults values the
> first time a user logins in Gnome.

Wow. Yuck.

> So, in a Debian machine with gnome, a user who would install
> debian-edu-artwork won't notice anything. Only new accounts created
> in the machine will see the Debian Edu profile after they login.

Is there really no way to specify global settings in Gnome that are
not copied into the users home directory unless the user modify them

> So, my question is: do I just change the default Debian profile , or
> do I use debian-profiles to filter which users see the default
> Debian Edu profile at their first login?.

Well, if the users get settings copied into ~/ anyway, it does not
matter much to me.  Both ways suck. :)

> No file is copied or modified in the user home directory in no
> case. As I said before, once the user gconf database is created
> there is (almost) no way to automatically change the user
> appearance. It can be done, but it's not very ellegant or clean, so
> I would not do it, even if it could be activated with some global
> file setting.

With KDE, we set the global defaults, which are used by each user
until they change the setting manually.  The global default is not
copied into ~/.kde/, and thus can be modified globally.

Happy hacking,
Petter Reinholdtsen

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