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PerkyPants.org: Havoc Pennington and GConf (GNOME 2.0 Status Interviews)

Sep 17, 2001, 18:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"For users the big benefit is dynamic, instantaneous update of all apps when a preference is modified; i.e., it gives us instant-apply for prefs dialogs for free, even if the setting affects many processes.

Oh, also GConf will hopefully help out with the issue of running multiple GNOME sessions sharing a home directory. There's more work to be done here though. Right now it wouldn't work so well out-of-the-box because we disable CORBA connections over TCP by default, for example.

The biggest win is probably for sysadmins, although that won't be fully realized until we have the admin tool and some backend that's really scalable for being shared between multiple machines.

Anyhow, I think the main step forward for GNOME 2 will be getting some wide usage of the GConf API in GNOME applications. Then enhancements to the backend will be much more interesting, since more apps will be affected. So I'd like to see apps porting to use GConf, and in particular I'd like to see us installing schema files describing all config keys."

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