Matthew East mdke at
Tue Feb 24 08:26:37 GMT 2009

On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 8:01 AM, Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at> wrote:
> I agree, though, that the preferences menu is too large. It
> would be nice if there were subgroups and some more cleverness:

For me, the problem is not only that the preferences menu is so long
and isn't broken down into categories as in the control-center, but
also my feeling that a regular user will simply not comprehend the
distinction drawn between "administration" and "preferences". That's
what makes a configuration setting so hard to find, because it's
unclear which menu it will be in. Even though I've used and
contributed to Ubuntu for years, I still find myself thinking twice
about which menu I need to look in. I guess that the distinction is
intended to be that apps in "administration" change system wide
settings, and those in "preferences" change user-only settings, but
that distinction is much too complex for most users, I think.

Matthew East
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