GNOME 3's very pretty but settings-free settings dialogs

Asked by Tom Adams

Today I learnt GNOME intends to have very pretty settings dialogs, but to make them prettier they're getting rid of all the settings.

Is Ubuntu going to fork gnome-control-center, make their own, or leave users to Google how to do what they've been able to do for years in gnome-control-center?

It seems that every six months Ubuntu looses at least one setting that I need. I'm worried Oneiric will make Ubuntu Desktop take longer to configure than any given command line distribution (which is the only reason I use it).

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

I believe gnome 3 will be default in Oneiric. If you right click the logoff / restart button there is a settings option there

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Tom Adams (holizz) said :

actionparsnip: Yep - that settings dialog is the one I'm talking about. The problem is that it isn't very good because GNOME decided to get rid of all the options. I want to know if Ubuntu's settings dialog will become better before Oneiric gets released.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

I'm sure they'll add something. I can't say for sure. If you are using Gnome3 now and there is no clear way to edit settings then I suggest you log a bug.

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Tom Adams (holizz) said :

I'm using the default Unity interface which uses GNOME 3 applications. Thanks, I did file bugs for all the features that have been removed.

GNOME doesn't want to fix the bugs because they've convinced themselves that their users hate preferences, and the bugs on Launchpad are all dormant. I came to Answers to see if anybody could tell me whether Ubuntu was planning on doing anything about this or not.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Unity uses Gnome2. Not Gnome3. You can see this with:

apt-cache policy gnome-desktop-data

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