How to disable icon stretch in Gnome Desktop?

Caleb Marcus caleb.marcus at
Thu Nov 22 01:11:24 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-11-20 at 19:03 -0500, Jim Kronebusch wrote:

> I was really hoping for a response of a modification for gconf-editor's mandatory window
> to just snap the stuff back to standard size.  I don't really want to keep them from
> saving stuff to the desktop.  Maybe what I want isn't possible without some major
> tweaks.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I did find an option in gconf-editor that would
> prevent previewing the images so they would just get a generic jpg icon or something, I
> might try that first before a complete ban of saving to the desktop.

Perhaps you should consider rethinking your policy on saving things to
the desktop... you could create some sort of permanent directory
structure linked to from the desktop (the "Student" folder, for example)
and have them use that to store their files.
If you want to really rethink the way they use their computers, you
could set up user accounts for each of them, and they can have their
own, private place to store files (private from other students, not from
you) and they can mess with the background all they want without
annoying other students or you. My old school used a roaming profiles
system with their eMac computers, which worked really well, because
every student had their own folder to store files that no one else could
get into (except the admin, of course) and could change the settings,
background, etc. to whatever they wanted. The best part was that because
the profiles (home folders) were stored on a central server, they could
log in from any computer in the school and their settings and files
would follow them. I'm not sure exactly how to set that up in Ubuntu,
but it's definitely possible.
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