[Bug 663119] Re: Unneeded items in System > Preferences

Andrew 663119 at bugs.launchpad.net
Tue Oct 19 17:35:44 UTC 2010

** Description changed:

  It seems strange that in the same cycle that we have had 'Software
  Sources' removed from the System > Preferences menu, that we have had
  around 4 new unneeded menu items added.
  These include:
  * Broadcast Preferences
  * File Management
  * Main Menu
  * Messaging and VoIP Accounts
  * Ubuntu One
  First of all none of these should be in this menu, because the menu is
  for 'System Preferences'. When I see this I think of hardware or
  services that are at a low-level in the system, that are integral two
  it, not user-space applications that are not linked to the basic running
  of the system.
  Broadcast Preferences (Gwibber Preferences) has no link to the system,
  it is merely a shortcut to the gwibber preferences. I believe this
  should not be here, as it is a duplication of the menu item Edit >
  Preferences in gwibber itself. It should be removed for the same reason
  of 'Software Sources' but also because a user will not logically look
  here for Gwibber's Preferences - they will open gwibber instead.
  File Management, this is probably the one of the list above that has
  most reason to be in the menu, however I still believe that it should
  not be included. Nautilus is a user-space application and if a user
  wants to modify its preferences, he/she will open Nautilus and choose
  Edit > Preferences. This again comes back to the point that it is simply
  duplicating menu items and making the Preferences menu more flooded than
  it already is.
  Main Menu is not an integral part of the system and so has no place in
  being here. This one seems to be even more unneeded by me, as the user
  has just opened the menu to get at it - they only need to right click
  instead of left click and they will have the 'Edit Menus...' menuitem.
  Again, not where a user will look and duplication of menuitems.
  Messaging and VoIP Accounts is the same problem as Broadcast
  Preferences. Not an integral part of the system and I don't really know
  why it is here.
  Ubuntu One this has a valid case for there being a menuitem, however it
  should be in Apllications > Internet. this is a userspace application,
  not integral and it is much more logical for a person to look in
  Internet rather than System Preferences for Ubuntu One.
  If we hid all of these, it would make the preferences menu a lot easier
  to navigate, and a menu that contained concise items that were suited to
  their parent menu.
+ Of course I may be completely wrong and there are legitimate reasons why
+ these are here. Any comments?
- Of course I may be completely wrong and there are legitimate reasons why these are here. Any comments?
+ ---
+ Other packages that do this, but aren't in the default install, are:
+ * AWN Settings
+ * VNC Settings
+ * Desktop Webmail
+ * driconf
+ * OpenJDK Settings

Unneeded items in System > Preferences
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