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When a program is installed, it can copy a file {{{programname.desktop}}} into {{{/usr/share/applications}}}. This suffices to get a launcher in the desktop panel and desktop menu regardless the window manager (XFCE, GNOME or KDE). When a program is installed, it can copy a file {{{programname.desktop}}} into {{{/usr/share/applications}}}. This suffices to get a launcher in the desktop panel and desktop menu regardless the window manager (Xfce, GNOME or KDE).

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Modern desktop environments allow you to use alternative configuration sets (or combine different configuration sets).

One problem is that each of the desktop environments, and freedesktop each use a different way to activate/deactivate these configuration sets.

  • the desktop-profiles package solves this, by providing a common way to control the activation/deactivation of such configuration sets.

This still leaves the problem of the actual creation of such configuration sets, but making it easy for different ideas of what should be default to co-exist, and compete for market-share.

Look into the files under /etc. Some desktop environments allow you to preconfigure proxies, javascript and cookie policy etc. For KDE you may also refer to http://techbase.kde.org/SysAdmin for more info about the configuration, including making settings immutable to users.

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When a program is installed, it can copy a file programname.desktop into /usr/share/applications. This suffices to get a launcher in the desktop panel and desktop menu regardless the window manager (Xfce, GNOME or KDE).