Grouping preferences/Administration items?

Tristan Wibberley tristan at
Mon Oct 29 22:39:08 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-10-29 at 15:39 -0400, Evan Huus wrote:
> I think if the Control Panel was added in addition to the two menus, it
> would confuse people as well. Perhaps just have the Control Panel by
> default, but have an easy-to-access setting that switches it back to the
> menus.

I doubt anybody is really addicted enough to the two menus that they
need a switch between the two systems. One system should be made good
enough for both user demographics - a switch does not fix the bug.

As a user of a sometimes multi-account bearing system, I'd like a system
where the first things presented are user settings and that all system
settings are under an advanced location within. Such UI elements should
have some clear visual annotation (and a screenreadable annotation) so I
don't go in there just to find that there are no settings for my user
account - otherwise it would be really annoying.

For example, a user-setting that configures which of my directories are
shared via nfs or cifs would have a route through to the system setting
that configures which parameters a suid samba/nfs-server configuration
program would allow the various users to set. Something on which the
users could select items from a list would have an add-new-item button
(for users in the admin group) that uses gksudo to run the next gui
element if configuring new items is restricted.

Tristan Wibberley

Any opinion expressed is mine (or else I'm playing devils advocate for
the sake of a good argument). My employer had nothing to do with this

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