Gnome is a problem for OEMs

Michael V. De Palatis mdepalatis at
Tue Apr 11 17:44:24 UTC 2006

On Tue, Apr 11, 2006 at 04:56:12PM +0100, Daniel Carrera wrote:
> I've spent all afternoon trying to figure out how I, as an OEM, can 
> configure Gnome before giving it to a user. I just want to change some 
> icons on the panel and maybe a menu entry.
> After exhaustive search, I can only conclude that there is no way to do 
> this. You are stuck with what the Gnome developers think everyone in the 
> world needs. You can't even add a new icon to the default panel. Every 
> user must learn how to locate software on their own and add icons on 
> their own, and if they don't like it, they can go use Windows.

If there was no way to do this, then how would the Gnome developers be
able to configure it in the default way? And what do you mean by
"adding a new icon to the default panel"? A launch icon? Those are
trivial to add.

If you could elaborate a little more on what you are trying to do,
perhaps someone could help you further. But on the base of it, what it
sounds like you are trying to do shouldn't be incredibly complicated.


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