Gnome is a problem for OEMs

Darryl Clarke smartssa at
Sat Apr 15 16:55:32 UTC 2006

On 4/11/06, Daniel Carrera <daniel.carrera at> wrote:
> Hello,
> 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 I recall the default schema (read: configuration) for gnome and all
it's apps is stored in XML files in /etc/gconf/

Files stored in /usr/local/etc/gconf will (should?) override the
default ones that come by means of packages.

These files are read and loaded into the users main gconf on first
login, and first run of an application

I forget off hand how updates to these schemas (after initial import
to the users gconf) are handled though.

~ Darryl  ~ smartssa at

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