Thunar default configuration

Jelle de Jong jelledejong at
Wed Jan 17 17:59:47 UTC 2007

jmak wrote:
> On 1/17/07, Cody A.W. Somerville <cody-somerville at> wrote:
>> This feature clearly improves usability. The number of people who would
>> appreciate this feature, I believe, would outweigh the number of people who
>> would not appreciate it. For those who don't like it, they can, as you said,
>> easily disable it.
>>> I am with you, don't do stuff unless asked or configured,
>>  Why not force the user to manually mount their drivers? Why don't we just
>> provide the packages and let the users configure the system from scratch?
>> Why automatically configure X when the use can just write the xorg.conf file
>> necessary for X to work? Or better yet, Why not make users patch and compile
>> their own kernels?
>>> So, just like we removed special desktop icons, I'd prefer not enabling
>> this tools by default.
>> This should also be enabled once there is an option in the mcs desktop
>> configuration plugin to disable it. It is one of the most asked questions on
>> #xubuntu.
>> As for documentation, easier said then done. Don't just say "we'll write the
>> documentation for it" until you're ready to actually write the documentation
>> yourself.
>> Sorry if this e-mail comes across as a little aggressive but I'm a little
>> taken back by the only rational being presented to disable this feature is
>> "I don't like it". I bet people upstream would be disappointed that you
>> would discard their hard work so easily.
>> -1 for disabling this feature by default.
>> Thanks,
>> Cody A.W. Somerville
> I agree with you completely. We shouldn't assume that user will know
> how to do this or that, when many of them don't even know how to
> create a folder or save a file.
> Jmak
I totally agree with you to make the default settings with the average
non geek as audience, so +1 for enabling desktop icons and auto mount
features. The quote from me "I am with you, don't do stuff unless asked
or configured" I did not want to came over the way it did. I mean that
it is good to implement new usability features by default. But make a
way to control them and document them so it will only do stuff when ask.

People that develop features should also document them correctly or find
someone that does it for them. I believe this should be part of the
development process. Bad documentation is a big issue for me.


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