[nSLUG] Anyone Heard Of Ubuntu-Tweak...?

Michael Lauzon mlauzon at gmail.com
Tue Jan 29 11:13:42 AST 2008

I know it's only for GNOME, I just found it interesting and thought to
post it here...I didn't say I'd use it; as I don't really use those
'tweaking the registry' applications on Windows as I'd much rather do
that by hand...not!


On Jan 29, 2008 11:10 AM, Oliver Doepner <odoepner at gmail.com> wrote:
> Michael,
> I tend to stay away from all those "Tweaking" tools. They do things
> under the covers, are often poorly written and maintained and appeal
> mostly to those new users who are used to "Tweaking the Registry" back
> in their Windows days.
> This particular tool that you mentioned is for standard Ubuntu and the
> _GNOME_ desktop in particular. It is not for KDE, not for XFCE, not for
> the other leaner window managers that are more suitable for the AMD K6
> machine that you want to use.
> The standard GNOME configuration options (in the UI) are so dumbed down
> that I can perfectly understand the motivation for this tool. GNOME has
> this weird policy that "the user" would only be confused by too many
> config options and so (at least) the core GNOME components like Metacity
> (window manager), Nautilus (file manager), etc. have really poor
> configuration UIs.
> On the other hand, GNOME has its own configuration settings
> infrastructure named "gconf" that can manage way more options than what
> the UI exposes to the user. The resulting effect is in some ways similar
> to the Windows Registry: You can use a gconf editor (think "regedit") to
> "tweak" things on the low level. But as with the Windows Registry, you
> are on your own and can easily break things.
> I guess that "Ubuntu-Tweak" is trying to bridge this gap between the
> GNOME configuration UI and GCONF.
> Having said that, Michael, you could have found out that this tool is
> only for GNOME (i.e. irrelevant for you short-term purposes) by simply
> reading the page that you sent the URL for.
> GNOME is not a lightweight desktop environment.
> Look into XFCE or ROX Desktop (http://roscidus.com/) if you want a light
> desktop environment.
> Check out "pure" window managers like fluxbox if you want to save even
> more resources: http://rox.sourceforge.net/desktop/static.html
> I would not recommend twm. It is old and does not support more recent
> standards for window manager inter-operability. Also, it's been
> unmaintained for quite a while: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twm
> cheers
> Oliver
> Michael Lauzon wrote:
> > Just found the following article while surfing the Web, it's about an
> > application for Ubuntu called "Ubuntu-Tweak"...has anyone ever heard
> > of it?  Well, if not...here is the URL to the short article:
> >
> > http://www.howtoforge.com/tweaking-hidden-ubuntu-settings-with-ubuntu-tweak
> >
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Michael Lauzon

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