Preferred & Startup applications gone?

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at
Fri Feb 4 09:15:36 UTC 2011

On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 7:52 AM, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at> wrote:
> Adam Williamson wrote:
>> it's a design feature, we are told. the intent is that applications
>> should offer the option to set themselves as the default, instead of the
>> desktop providing a central config point.
> To the GNOME developers (Adam, I know you are just the messenger):
> This is very broken. You cannot expect non-GNOME applications to support
> setting themselves as the default in GNOME. (For example, if you want to
> use, say, Konqueror as your default browser, how would you set that?
> Konqueror obviously does not support GNOME preferences.)
> Plus, we have seen where leaving this to the applications leads to on
> Window$: applications fight for being the default and the user never gets
> asked! Instead, merely running an app will change his/her file associations,
> leading to a ping-pong effect. Please do not head down that road!

And does each individual app then have to offer a config option to
enable/disable this after the original decision if the user changes
their mind, or is that final?


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