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

Mark markg85 at
Mon Jul 25 16:22:38 BST 2011

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 1:50 PM, Ambroz Bizjak <ambrop7 at> wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> have you seen my proposed improvement on your suggestion?
> I suggest that you consider it, because it would avoid having to
> update the Freedesktop specification and any DE that doesn't name its
> programs differently in other DEs (e.g. Xfce).
> On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 1:32 PM, Mark <markg85 at> wrote:
>> 2011/7/24 Ben Cooksley <bcooksley at>:
>>> Dropping GNOME out of this, as it seems quite clear they aren't
>>> interested in co-operating at all. Which is fairly typical for them,
>>> they're insular and only care for themselves.
>>> In any case, we need a short term solution to this. Basically, we are
>>> going to have to provide a different name under GNOME, because
>>> otherwise  GNOME users will complain to distros, who will patch GNOME
>>> to ignore System Settings (I refuse to acknowledge their app).
>>> A long term solution, sharing settings isn't even counted, as they are
>>> bound to screw us over yet again in some way. They are not to be
>>> trusted.
>>> Adding the panels apps need to them isn't exactly workable either due
>>> to the number of applicable panels and apps.
>>> As was proposed earlier, System Settings would call itself "System
>>> Settings" under KDE, but would prefix "KDE" to the name under all
>>> other environments. ie. KDE System Settings under xfce.
>>> I have recieved objections that this collides with the "branding
>>> policy" however. Given such an objection, what do those of you who
>>> object propose?
>>> A solution must be reached, otherwise it is the users of our
>>> applications who will ultimately suffer - and we will probably get
>>> blamed for it.
>>> Regards,
>>> Ben Cooksley
>>> System Settings Maintainer
>> Hi Ben,
>> Could you read and comment on my proposal:
>> I would like to implement this in the spec, KDE en Gnome, but i need
>> some pointers on where i should make such edits and to get it
>> approved.
>> I think that is the most sane solution that doesn't require multiple
>> desktop files.
>> If you agree on this, what do i need to do next?
>> Just some guesses..
>> - Propose the updated standard in the freedesktop mailing list (which one?)
>> - Make patched for KDE (which component? where? file?)
>> - Make patches for gnome (which component? where? file?)
>> Note: anyone is fine, not just Ben. Aiming at him since he started this mailing.
>> Regards,
>> Mark

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