"The Windows operating system is not the only operating system
with a registry. And I do realize that many of you cringed when you
read the words “Windows” and “registry” in
the same sentence. But don’t worry – the GNOME registry
isn’t such a beast that can take your machine down with a
single, poorly executed change. The GNOME registry is an XML-based
configuration file (or registry) that stores all settings for the
GNOME desktop. So instead of having to work with multiple tools to
configure GNOME, you could, effectively, use only one tool to
handle the configuration of your desktop.
"But don’t think this is as easy as using a standard GUI
configuration tool. Although this “registry” can be
edited with the help of the outstanding gconf-editor, it is often
considered best left to power users. So, for those power users who
want to know how to tackle the GNOME “registry”,
you’re in luck. In this tutorial I am going to introduce you
to the gconf-editor tool, so you can manage the GNOME registry
without having to open up that XML file and edit it by hand."
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