Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 8th Sep 2005 16:53 UTC
Gnome The Gnome Project released version 2.12 yesterday. We had a quick look at it by using the latest Gnome Live CD (1.12-pre) and Foresight 0.9.0 (2.12 final) and here are our thoughts over 2.12 and Gnome's status in general.
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RE: Nice
by on Thu 8th Sep 2005 19:22 UTC in reply to "Nice"

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'One small thing i miss a lot in Gnome: an easy way to browse the file-system as root. Everytime i need to do that, i have to open a terminal, which sucks. There should be some way to right-click the folder, type the root password, and browse the folder as root.'

Try this script:

#!/bin/bash
# opens a root-enabled instance of a nautilus window in selected location
# requires sudo priviledges and gksudo, which may involve security risks.
#Install in your ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts directory.

foo=`gksudo -u root -k -m "enter your password for nautilus root access" /bin/echo "got r00t?"`
sudo nautilus --no-desktop $NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_CURRENT_URI

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RE[2]: Nice
by on Thu 8th Sep 2005 23:38 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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Most of the installs of Gnome I've used (currently Debian Unstable with Gnome 2.10) has an option under Applications -> System Tools -> Run as different user.
This will bring up a dialog box for user and program.

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RE[3]: Nice
by on Fri 9th Sep 2005 02:54 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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Adding this sort of script manually would be beyond the casual user's abilities (although arguably the casual user should not need root access), but points to a more general issue to resolve with GNOME.

I agree with the GNOME philosophy of keeping the desktop as simple as possible, not providing feature bloat and especially not hacks to overcome other broken apps (eg: adding menu items).

However, I think there's a case for a 'gnome-extras', where a lot of these items, scripts, apps etc that don't fit in with the GNOME philosophy can be included. That way the base desktop can be customised easily to meet different user's requirements without bloating and obfuscating the base release.

Distro's targeting different groups of users might decide to include certain things from this gnome-extras section by default, saving the end-user from having to do so.

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RE[2]: Nice
by voidlogic on Fri 9th Sep 2005 04:38 in reply to "RE: Nice"
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2005-09-03

gksudo nuatilus

;)

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