Preferred & Startup applications gone?

Jaroslav Reznik jreznik at
Wed Feb 9 13:10:27 UTC 2011

On Monday, February 07, 2011 03:51:42 pm Bastien Nocera wrote:
> On Fri, 2011-02-04 at 08:52 +0100, Kevin Kofler 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.)
> There's no GNOME preferences involved. Make sure Konqueror sets itself
> as the handler for x-scheme-handler/http (and https) and you're done.

I take a look how to support it in Arora - as it's going to be regression, 
people were asking for Gnome preferred apps support, it's now upstreamed even... 
As Arora should be browser, not tied to any of DEs, I'll try to 
fix it. 

Actually upstream looks quite dead now but breaths sometimes.

PS: for now, I'm just removing Gnome support completely.


> > 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!
> We're talking about browsers and mailers. Browsers already do that.

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