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Re: Desktop profiles

El jue, 22-05-2008 a las 15:30 +0200, Petter Reinholdtsen escribió:
> [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
> manually?

It can be done for all the preferences excepting the panels behaviour,
because the panel behaviour is always populated in the user gconf
database from defaults values when the user login first time. For the
rest of preferences, they are not populated in the user gconf database.
So changing the default values they change if the user hasn't changed it

> > 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.

Well, it's mostly the same except:
- panels can not be changed (being Debian policy compliants)
- Gnome use layers of configuration, so you can add a new layer with
more preferences avoiding the need of editing a file in /etc.

So, no  one is perfect, but, again, that's not my worry now as that's
something I'm not going to change. My only concern now is not answered
yet: do you prefer to alter all the users configurations or only those
who belong to the teachers and students groups?

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