Request to register a "Main" desktop Category: Electronics

Peter TB Brett peter at
Thu Mar 11 16:14:30 PST 2010

Peter Brett <peter at> writes:

> Vincent Untz <vuntz at> writes:
>> I don't think it should be a main category. However, we can certainly
>> add an additional category for it -- looking at the screenshot you
>> provided, there seems to be enough app to justify this. Can you just
>> file a bug against the Specification product in
> So which *main* category do you think is appropriate for these
> applications?  As far as I can tell, the answer is, "None of them!"
> Can you at least consider the addition of an "Engineering" main
> category?  Otherwise all engineering applications are going to be
> scattered between the equally-inappropriate "Graphics", "Education" and
> "Development" categories, which is clearly the Wrong Thing.
> I can't believe that, after all these years, XDG *still* hasn't managed
> to correct this obvious deficiency in the original set of main
> categories.

So, can anyone answer the question?  Which main XDG category should we
put our engineering applications in, by default?  (Debian insist on
patching our .desktop files to place them in the "Education" category,
which is clearly *retarded*).


Peter Brett <peter at>
Remote Sensing Research Group
Surrey Space Centre
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