gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu installed by default?

Richard Ryniker ryniker at
Mon Aug 8 12:46:45 UTC 2011

Rahul Sundaram <metherid <at>> writes:

> I don't think Fedora should be installing extensions by default.

I side with Rahul Sundaram.  The default configuration should follow
upstream choices as much as possible.

If alternative choices are useful for a significant population of Fedora
users, these should be bundled into a "Fedora theme" package which
interested users may install should they prefer a distinctive
(i.e. different from upstream defaults) Fedora "look and feel".

A Fedora theme package might contain a collection of parameter values
different from default settings, plus dependencies that load additional
packages to provide enhanced function.

One advantage of this theme package approach: it defines what a Fedora
theme means (at a specific point in time; it does not define an objective
or design goal), and provides a structure in which this theme can be
maintained through upstream changes, then propagated into future Fedora

It is likely there will be no consensus on exactly what changes to
default values, or enhancements, are best.  Multiple themes are possible.
The theme package concept provides a capability to satisfy incompatible
user preferences, while individuals endeavor to persuade upstream
developers how to improve their designs.

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