Disabling default settings welcome window

Prunk Dump prunkdump at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 17:50:38 CEST 2015

2015-09-30 22:45 GMT+02:00 Kai-Martin Knaak <knaak at iqo.uni-hannover.de>:
> Prunk Dump wrote:
>> When my users log in for the first time a windows appear asking for
>> choosing between something like "default panel" and "empty panel".
>> When my users click on the "empty" choice they often have trouble
>> using XFCE and I need to reset their account.
> Same here. About one in five new users chose "empty" and subsequently got
> stuck because there is literally nothing visible to click on. Not the best
> impression if the user is used to MS windows and is just does his/her
> first steps on linux territory.
> The wording of this dialogue might use some improvement. If it were on me,
> I'd not present this choice in the first place. Getting rid of the default
> panels is not that big of a deal if you so desire.
> I resolved the issue by assembling a default XFCE desktop and put the
> corresponding config files to /etc/skel . This also included a set of
> reasonable settings which I traditionally recommended orally to new users.
> E.g.:
> * Do not warp windows to the next desktop but tile it to half the screen.
> * enable compositing
> * enable drop shadows for windows
> * enable font anti-aliasing with medium level hinting
> While at it, I also added a decently populated cairo dock. Won me props
> from apple users :-)
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Thanks Kaimartin for your help !

The problem of the /etc/skel solution is that .config/xfce4 directory
contain many personnal data that are difficult to clean.

I have found that I can set all XFCE default settings with the
/etx/xdg/xfce4/ files.

For example there is a /etc/xdg/xfce4/panel/default.xml  where I can
set the default panel for all my users.

But I can't find any file relative to this login prompt and I can't
find any documentation on this xml files.

But thank you very much for this tips !


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