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Thread: How do I set the Default Desktop for new users

  1. #1
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    How do I set the Default Desktop for new users

    Hello,
    As administrator of a network I want all newly created users to have a set desktop theme as standard. When a new users is created where do the default profile settings come from in Ubuntu/Gnome linux?

    Thanks for your help!

  2. #2
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    Re: How do I set the Default Desktop for new users

    gconftool-2 should do the trick, although there may be a better way to do this. Much of the look and feel of the Gnome desktop can be altered via gconftool-2. For example, to change the default desktop wallpaper you can use the following:

    Code:
    sudo gconftool-2 --config-source="xml::/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults" --type string --set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /usr/share/backgrounds/simple-ubuntu.png
    Or change the default GTK theme:

    Code:
    sudo gconftool-2 --config-source="xml::/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults" --type string --set /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_theme Crux
    Or the default Metacity theme:

    Code:
    sudo gconftool-2 --config-source="xml::/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults" --type string --set /apps/metacity/general/theme Metabox
    Mix and match anything you want. It's fun to experiment.

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    Re: How do I set the Default Desktop for new users

    There seems to be a solution posted in this thread:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=859002

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