Grouping preferences/Administration items?

Tristan Wibberley tristan at wibberley.org
Mon Oct 29 22:39:08 GMT 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
communication.




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