Grouping preferences/Administration items?

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at
Mon Oct 29 02:00:28 UTC 2007

On Oct 28, 2007, at 12:19 PM, Evan Huus wrote:
> I definitely agree that the non-techie will not understand the
> difference between Prefs and Admin. Perhaps renaming "Preferences" to
> *username* and "Administration" to "All Users"? Something like that
> would be clearer, although then we might want to also rename "System" 
> to "Preferences"?
> ...

That probably wouldn't solve the problem. For example, almost everyone 
who uses a laptop is the only user of their computer, so the 
distinction between themself and "All Users" would be zero.

A longer-term fix would be to use PolicyKit to make everything not 
require a password unless/until you're actually making an 
administrative change. Not only would this collapse the distinction 
between Preferences and Administration, it would also allow more 
merging of related items. (For example, gnome-about-me could be merged 
with Users & Groups.)

Matthew Paul Thomas
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