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

Michael Gillie mikegpc at gmail.com
Wed Jan 30 08:29:42 AST 2008


To be honest, i just tried Tweak out... I thought it was lame.

On Jan 29, 2008 1:38 PM, Matt Chamberlain <chamberlain2007 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have used it, there were some good things for nautilus, if I
> remember correctly... Nothing you can't do in gconf, though.
>
> -Matt Chamberlain
>
> On 29-Jan-08, at 1:04 PM, Eugene Cormier <eugene.cormier at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > I've used tweakui for ubuntu and didn't actually find that it did
> > anything useful....
> >
> > Eugene
> >
> > On Tue, 2008-01-29 at 11:13 -0400, Michael Lauzon wrote:
> >> 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!
> >>
> >> Michael
> >>
> >> 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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> >>
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