[New] Desktop Preferred Applications Specification

Christoph Wickert christoph.wickert at googlemail.com
Sun Jun 7 05:00:36 PDT 2009

Am Sonntag, den 07.06.2009, 12:50 +0100 schrieb Bastien Nocera:
> On Sun, 2009-06-07 at 13:52 +0800, PCMan wrote:
> > Hi list,
> > To solve the issue that every desktop environment has its own way to
> > specify default web browser and terminal emulator, I wrote a new spec
> > to create a cross-desktop mechanism for this. This spec works by
> > extending existing XDG specs and only requires minimal changes to
> > existing systems without breaking backward compatibility. Besides, it
> > can work in an desktop independent way, and can work with existing xdg
> > tools like desktop-utils.
> > 
> > Here is the full specification.
> > http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Desktop_Preferred_Applications_Specification
> > 
> > This spec is going to be implemented by LXDE later.
> > 
> > Please give some comments.
> It doesn't help with one of the problems I had with the existing GNOME
> setup:
> http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=510800#c4

Correct me If I'm wrong, but that's a completely different issue:
nautilus-sendto. If we had a standard for preferred apps,
nautilus-sendto could also follow it.

BTW: IMO we also need a "sendto"-spec similar to what Thunar already
does. Then nautilus-sendto would be obsolete anyway.

> Also editing defaults.list doesn't allow for instant notification of the
> change for UIs, GConf allows that, makes it a pain to implement


> Cheers

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