Formal complaint concerning the use of the name "System Settings" by GNOME

Scott Kitterman kde at
Fri Jul 22 16:16:21 BST 2011

On Friday, July 22, 2011 04:21:14 AM Ben Cooksley wrote:
> To all concerned developers,
> As you may or may not be aware, the name "System Settings" for an
> application is currently in use by KDE. A recent renaming by your
> GNOME control center developers to this name creates a naming
> conflict. This naming conflict will cause severe problems for users as
> a result. It will also cause problems for those members of the KDE
> Community supporting the usage of KDE applications on GNOME, as it
> will not be possible to adjust the settings used by KDE applications.
>  This will be because they will both appear, leading to GNOME
> packagers stupidly patching the system to not show the KDE System
> Settings under GNOME.
> As KDE occupied this name first, it is ours as a result, and I will
> NOT be relinquishing it to satisfy your personal (selfish) desires,
> which will cause numerous problems for users on both sides.
> System Settings cannot just be shown on KDE, as the application is
> used to configure multiple settings shared between KDE applications
> such as Localisation (language, region, currency, calendar), Style,
> Colours, Fonts among others.
> As KDE System Settings maintainer, I request that you immediately
> rename it once again to another name which is not in conflict.

This is not just a theoretical concern see

Thanks to your mail here, I knew how to respond.

Scott K

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