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

Arx Cruz arxcruz at
Sat Jul 23 02:16:47 BST 2011


Why not use Gnome System Settings and KDE System Settings instead?
So this can be visible in both environments, and the user will know what he
needs to change.
Internally I believe both can keep System Settings.

Using Gnome/KDE System Settings the user will know which one he want's to

Arx Cruz

On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 9:50 PM, Sergey Udaltsov
<sergey.udaltsov at>wrote:

> > This is what happens when you mix and match bits and pieces from
> > different operating systems. There is really not much that can be done
> > about it. Since that is what both KDE and GNOME are trying to do:
> > build complete, self-contained systems.
> So far we are running the same OS (for most of us it is Linux, but it
> can be Solaris or *BSD). DE != OS. And the system can be multiuser -
> which sometimes means both KDE and GNOME can be present in the same
> installation. Also, some, especially semi-professional apps are not
> going to be duplicated in both environments (I am not talking about
> text editors or calculators) - so there are relatively high chances
> that the user would need both sets of settings, for KDE and GNOME (in
> that sense having ShowOnlyIn can be a bad idea - some "foreign" apps
> would become not configurable).
> The best idea really would be to define the mechanism of feeding the
> settings into "foreign" apps. Both directions, GNOME (desktop) ->KDE
> (apps) and KDE (desktop) -> GNOME (apps). If we have that, in addition
> to ShowOnlyIn, user could never notice that the system has two
> variants of "System Settings". The only problem with that approach is
> that some settings can be defined only in one DE. In that case, sane
> default values could be the only choice..
> Sergey
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