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 Mint Control Center

Created 7 years ago, edited 7 years ago.
Status changed 5 years ago
Author:

nebcanuck
Status:
Selected
  Score:
 930
1018 votes
Idea:

Right now, the "Control Center" for Mint is simply the Gnome Control Center, which is really minimal. All it really does is offers quick-launch buttons for each of the individual programs that control the Gnome desktop. It's just an alternative to scrolling through your menu a number of times if you have to make a lot of changes, in the end. I think that we can do a lot better than that. Putting forth a new, intuitive control panel would give us another major edge over Ubuntu, would give Windows users another reason to feel comfortable moving to a new system, and would even be awesome for committed users like myself who prefer to use GUI tools when possible but hate how many different programs compose the Gnome desktop configuration tools.

Mandriva's Control Panel would be a good example of what we should aim for.

Comments:

1 year ago

dexter_ose
Promote.
Also 'Desktop','panels', 'themes', 'desklets', 'effects', 'display', 'backgrounds' must be merged into customisations. For windows users it's difficult to find each setting in different options
 
1 year ago

carpenpa
As a newbie I found myself downloading several different "tweak" tools to try and customise my desktop and many of them conflicted or didn't work.It would be much better as you say, to have one control center to do it all from.  
1 year ago

JesperE
I completely agree, it is a good idea to make the control center both more minty than the standard gnome, and certainly more able to handle all the little configs that otherwise takes a lot of scripting and searching of the net to accomplish. One caution though: it'd be troublesome if in our greed for more functionality we disregard the beauty of Mint's simpleness and lightweight approach. KISS.  
2 years ago

RoundDuckMan
Yes please, this is the kind of stuff that made me go Mint in the first place, GUI tools. The more the merrier. :D  
2 years ago

EvgenyPlekhanov
It is a good idea.  
2 years ago

vansleemint
help me, please !!!
since i upgrade to rafaela edition, i've loose my controlcentre, then i update controlcentre, but it can't help me. the control centre still can't launch,
what can ido to solve this problem?
 
2 years ago

3ds12
YES! Do not make Mint look like a standard thing. Make it its own sort! This idea is one of the reasons that mint will be getting better and more loved!
I´m 100% behind this! :)
 
2 years ago

FeatherLight
A nice idea. Could be nicer if system add-onn/plugin modules (with devs approval for individual items), could be added to said control center as a menu/sub-menu. Depending on system impact. But that would require a lot of work to make it play nice.  
2 years ago

randysvh
I get along OK with the gnome control center, but there is no doubt that a Mint control center that would be compatible across the board for each desktop. It would be a great improvement as the gui makes it a lot easier for my novice customer who have no clue about the command line tools let alone figure out how to use them. I think it would be great to look at the functionality of some of the other distros and improve on a combo idea to make it all mint.  
2 years ago

squid-f
Something like YaST for Opensuse is indeed very powerful and ease the administration.  
2 years ago

oraclejmt
Yeah, I see where you are. Like Yast in OpenSUSE, which in my opinion is THE BEST Control Panel in the entire GNU/Linux Community.  
2 years ago

IsaacM
PCLinuxOS also has a great control center  
2 years ago

pirategeorges
Good idea indeed!  
2 years ago

jldroid19
I think making other platforms services more reliable on Mint i.e. onedrive, google drive, etc is the key to people switching over. The experience Mint offers is well designed, but people want a smooth transition. Alot of hardcore Windows users (I was one of those confused users) want to be able to load the OS, input there email credentials and sync all there cloud information without having to use an alternative cloud solution. If we can make that less painful I think Mac and Windows users will see the overall benefits of running a linux machine as a primary.  
3 years ago

wanthai
I agree, as closer the gui is to windows as more will take the oportunity to choosee Mint as there new OS.

Can I ask a wish here? The mouse click, can there come an option to choose between one click an d double click. I miss that from Windows.
 
3 years ago

Amigo64
Good idea, all 4 years :)  
3 years ago

clydereyes
simply great!  
3 years ago

Xoantonpd
windows is a bad copy of linux sistems
W( is a copy of linux-mint but is a bad copy
 
3 years ago

Danielbrazilian
promote it  
3 years ago

Datei
that is a great idear.  
3 years ago

highwind
Yes, this is a good one.
here are some features confusing me:
1.in following sections what is differences between "Normal mode" and "advanced mode " :
"backgrounds", "Effects", "Themes"
"Applications & Removable Media" "Desklets","Desktop","Extensions","Hot Corners","Account Details","Regional Settings","Universal Access",""
"System info","Networking","Display","Bluetooth","Power Management","Sound","color".
2.There even no screensaver I can choose
3."language support","Startup Programs" are not fully integrated
4.Sometimes when jumping among different settings, the interface will switch between "Normal" and "Advanced" mode which can be very annoying.
 
3 years ago

ssliackus
Very good  
3 years ago

art_mcclure
Easier than KDE's I hope.  
4 years ago

JPfrmME
Sounds good to me; I have to admit I was comfortable with the Windows Control Panel having centralized all the various user controllable entities. I have been using Linux Ubuntu on a desktop and Mint on a notebook for about 3 years; this was my first experience with Linux. I find knowing where to go in Linux for similar functions that I could handle in Windows,time consuming and most of the time I give up and continue on less than satisfied with Linux because of my own ignorance and lack of time to really get a good foundation. e.g.right now I am using Mint 13 on an MSI Atom based notebook and want to hook up an external monitor. I seem to have a resolution disparity between the notebook (1040 X 700)and the external monitor (auto detect) causing the ext. monitor to look like low res. but full screen, while the notebook display changes it's aspect ratio to have a black vertical margin left and right. I have not been able to figure out how to adjust the resolution of my notebook manually; in spite of 1 tutorial on this web site dealing with that subject. I have a few older Linux books on my shelf at home; but do not carry them with me; it would be a valuable aid to have a book or pdf file based on nothing but answers to new user type questions while leaving out information that is of interest only to developers. If something like that exists, where do I find it?

One suggestion, comes to mind: If we had a place where users could recommend Linux help documents that are available (including other docs than on this web site) and have users review, comment and vote similar to this forum, we might develop a valuable aid to helping new user learn how to make Linux do what they want.
 
4 years ago

miguelarchambaud
j'ai constaté des bug avec libre office base.  
4 years ago

bladouze_mint
just one too control them all, that's a great idea
I have too admit that I'm a little bit lots between administrative settings/system tools/configure the system/preferences ...


here's some thoughts about the ergonomic

## Normal/advanced settings ##
I'm not a fan of simple/advanced viewing, the goal is to make it simpler but it's just more complex to see the same content in 2 different ways.
For me there's 2 kind of settings, the one that touches the system (the dangerous ones) and the ones that are more "personalization".
One method could be see every settings but put dangerous ones in a different colors, so when the user wants to access it, he'll have to enter a password or unlock ...
- the user still sees every settings possible in one unique place
- he knows that the one in different color/look are more "dangerous" for the system

## Using obscure names ##
a panel for cinnamon settings it's confusing, some user don't know what cinnamon is and they don't care (and I can not blame them for that), but they know what "display settings" are...
Including the cinnamon/gnome/kde/whatever settings in a display settings could be nice ;)

 
4 years ago

dogsolitude_uk
Definitely +1 regarding the keyring manager. It's the first place I looked a while back. Was rather surprised to find it wasn't there!  
4 years ago

ggallozz
Also to include a keyring manager, a cruel lack in an up-to-date today's system; security must be always in first place, and its ease of use too.  
4 years ago

Anthea
I always loved the simple logic of Mandriva's control panel and think a combination of the 2 would be ideal  
4 years ago

Pickard
I agree that also. Thats true. And ... if we alsready speak over this topic...why we not make the firewall-settings in it with a correction, therefore we can also connect to the pc a UMTS-USB-Internet-Stick AND ALSO SHARE it with the LAN-network (with manuel configuration...because the automatic not works well with all nas-servers...and it's also many faster as automatic-function).

In summary: Great idea ...yeah!
 
4 years ago

ctigs
I agree about the myriads of missing settings in the current control center.  
4 years ago

zantaz
i trust You idea ...  
4 years ago

sserbanro
I think its less about having a new Control Center. The discussion is about FUNTIONALITY and ERGONOMY.
It is useless to add icons that do literally nothing but sent you to menu items we already have.
There are countless settings that are missing in the GUI. For instance, desktop settings, such as screen resolution, refresh rate, color depth and many others.
Some apps, require a certain screen resolution and A CERTAIN BIT DEPTH, such as 24 bit, or even 32 bit. For now, all you can do is use modprobe and a long series of tests, all run in CLI. Besides, you need tons of knowledge about the hardware you are using, which is out of hand for most users and rarely the hardware manufacturers provide the needed information on common product pages. You need to dig the net for many hours for each bit of information.
 
4 years ago

Malsasa
Good idea, and Mandriva Control Panel for me is the best example. I think Mint should have it.

- Newbie can use the Mint Control Panel (name it Menthol) without reading man in terminal.
- Newbie can search and find by himself because of seeing (not black-white world in terminal).
- Less stress, less typing in terminal, and no nedd too many tutorials. Just click and run.
 
4 years ago

Nestar
looks like this has been implemented in Olivia :D  
4 years ago

sharali
Nice idea ofcourse  
4 years ago

duncan222
Good idea and one that would encourage more users to use Linux.  
4 years ago

Elbot120
Yeah!  
4 years ago

navigator1
Although I agree this is a good idea, this is just something to improve upon, low priority, it does not prevent me from doing anything or cause any problem, definitely not a show stopper. this also implies monopolizing thousands of precious ours from the mint team, no big deal when resources are endless. Implementing this idea is going to take a lot of resources.
I see it as a streamlining/usability project for the future low priority.
 
4 years ago

coverturtle
I agree although I am not familiar with mandriva's control panel. A unified control panel that covers the important configuration features will reduce the effort to learn Mint and use Mint. Something like the Windows classic and Mac implementations - where I can address the fundamental issues I have with getting work done, as well as add or change the app used in a panel item. Right now I have two icons which look the same for this, one for "system settings" and another for cinnamon. Then there's the "Details" icon in the "system settings" which expands to more objects. It's too messy in the hierachical sense. For me, additional levels of hierarchy just make it more difficult to work with.  
4 years ago

garthhh
I've been using MCC [mageia control center] for a couple of years. Great idea, not as useful as one might think. The solvers on the forum would likely offer up a cli based solution.
 
4 years ago

insanux
Good idea!  
4 years ago

esmobg
yes very nice idea for next mint vrsion  
4 years ago

alberthdez1
i vote for this
my firts distro was mandriva and it's very very interesting i hope to see soon next version
 
4 years ago

zahidgill
I vote for this  
4 years ago

ZacDGibson
love the idea  
4 years ago

AmunRQ
I never used mandriva but its control panel looks great  
4 years ago

hrtrivedi
in linux mint maya there is no way for "default application setting"  
4 years ago

PolarSky
as a former Mandriva user I would love to see this in the next version of mint  
4 years ago

Malsasa
Yes, agree. Absolutely promoted too. Mandriva control center seems perfect example. You can see KDE System Settings too.

Centered controlling is very time efficient.

Make it more capable than Ubuntu Tweak. It should can be used for automatically configure any USB modem that until now we must doing modprobe or wvdial. Maybe we can see usbserial notes of modems from its creator ;)
 
4 years ago

louisgv
I would love to have back good features from old tool to be on Mint Control Center,e.g the User and Group Settings.

Absolutely promoted.
 
4 years ago

Brahim
It would be great if we add Ubuntu Tweak + Gnome Control Center to Cinnamon Settings.  
4 years ago

marioqtm
how can i to create an usb to start linux mind ?
 
5 years ago

archisoft6
It's good to have a place where all the basic settings are gathered together. Must do!  
5 years ago

chuckythegeek
I think this is a great Idea. Mandriva's Control Panel is excellent.  
5 years ago

jmdekoning
Promoted, a must do for mint !!  
5 years ago

sigurd1701
A well structured panel with some levels (from dummy till Specialist to select as much as possible options instead of editing the config files... Is even on daministrator level to prevent mistakes or inconsistency.  
5 years ago

3xOSC
Can we merge the "System Settings" and "Cinnamon Settings" together?  
5 years ago

ubuntus88
Hi!
Great Idea! My biggest problem that, i can't setting up group roles, than the gnome user and groups settings panel, please if you can correct that.
 
5 years ago

bladouze_mint
I'm surprised the community have to suggest such an obvious "idea"
 
5 years ago

Octoberator
This is a great idea. In LMDE, there's two separate control panels. One for Cinnamon and one for Mate. One advanced centralized one would be great.  
5 years ago

pbdude123
I love the Mint/MATE control center just the way it is. My only comment would be to add Power Management as an icon. Now you have to get to Power Management via the Screensaver icon.  
5 years ago

rweb
Good,
You can only have an option to install the lamp, the web server to make our life easier.
 
5 years ago

eengnerd
Don't know about Mandriva's tool for config, but I like this idea. And the main thing I would like to see is tighter integration and more "logical" structure. GNOME 3 currently has no obvious way to control 3D effects. It would be very nice to see something like KUbuntu has for 3D effects.  
5 years ago

Rikishi42
Adding a new tool, in order to reduce the number of tools used... is just adding a tool. In the end, shouldn't we focus on using our computers, rather then spend our time configuring them ?
 
5 years ago

mrbios
Good idea what Mint should be all about!  
5 years ago

j_rueger
Just FYI, Ubuntu Tweak now supports Mint as well.

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Ubuntu-Tweak-0-7-3-also-tweaks-Linux-Mint-1666542.html
 
5 years ago

Gadien
Gnome desktop needs a face-lift and a half. We need to make the transition from windows to Linux more streamlined. but don't mind this comment, I'm not a programmer.. yet.  
5 years ago

zhum
I think, minimalizm is good for start. But why not just add ADVANCED option? Mandriva control center and even old gnome2 CC were good. Let's show only minimal options by default, but by pressing 'advanced options' give to user all (ok, most) options. Now I aven cannot tune my printer - it is horrible! I need to run dconf and gmone-tweak - why?  
5 years ago

honza
It would be great, if it will can change Hostname and Samba workgroup. (Maybe also DNS name of computer - but I dont use this, so I cannot speak to that.) Currently a lot of users switching from windows swear to change computer name and samba workgroup - they must change value in configuration file and in windows it is only one dialog. If Mint has Samba preinstalled, it should also permit change Samba group graphically.  
5 years ago

timothy23
I agree, and Mandriva would be a good one to model after.  
5 years ago

rweb
would be wonderful if the mint had its own download center.
And it would be an ideal software to install the lamp + phpmyadmin.
 
5 years ago

MAD-OVERLORD
I promote, but don't ever let it look and feel like win7, i have an win7 ultimate and its Control Center is only a ultimate piece of shit, designed for maze friends or others who don't like to get straight to their targets :D  
5 years ago

dragondave53
Also need to map the keyboard's special keys correctly. At the moment I'm using a Microsoft Multimedia keyboard 1.oa (PS2) & it is no longer on the list, though the wireless version is & doesn't work!  
5 years ago

ggr_
I would love to see this in the next release or the next.

Having a one stop shop for any system/desktop tweak is very useful and gives the OS a feeling of maturity.
 
5 years ago

fleming746
one place to manage settings is simpler and easier for everyone  
5 years ago

kazztan0325
@vincentv:
Never mind.
Nobody's perfect.

 
5 years ago

kazztan0325
@vincentv:
Have you checked author's profile?

@nebcanuck: - Last login: 2010-08-31 12:51:42

I guess maybe this idea would not be updated unless you would not contact the author somehow.
Did you add your comments to this idea though you know the situation like above?

 
5 years ago

millerkb
I'm a refugee from XP, so I can really get behind this. This was one of the things MS did right... that they subsequently broke beyond all hope of repair. One of the advantages of Linux is its flexibility - so we should put that center stage with a control panel that covers everything you want to cover. Also, settings should be grouped together so that a user knows where to look for any particular item.  
5 years ago

latinomanz
Well said bro.  
5 years ago

jose_manuel
Excellent Idea !!!! I Promote this Idea.  
5 years ago

sorcier
Same thing, i think so it's a very good idea  
5 years ago

fogdart
If the interface which MacPup uses, (part of the enlightenment dm I believe), were expanded, it contains an easy organizational style which covers most areas of user tweak you may be looking for.
It's the tophat Icon
 
5 years ago

raphaelSchubert
Yeah... a big control panel where we can change some things of linux... like ALL we want... wallpapers, softs, themes, keys, users, appeareance.... etc... will be perfect!!!!! Do it!  
5 years ago

heart4pc
This is really a great opportunity to show to the community that we are leading. Now it is so minimal. Linux Pardus distro has a very good center and you can change a lot. So I vote for a good all filling Mint Control Panel with great options to search in the panel. Because this is really lacking at the moment.  
5 years ago

punkrtekk
I would like to see new options in the menu, like host names, samba shares, webdav, nfs shares, ldap, network services, windows domain membership, scanning, infra-red devices, joystick, tv card, hardware information, file associations (in my experience that is the main reason why people install ubuntu-tweaks), fingerprint reader, startup-log and system-log reader, plymouth/bootscreen manager, startup manager and possibly others as well.
I actually think menu is fine the way it is now, sorted in categories. It's just not too many options, so new users who for example have laptops with fingerprint readers have to do loads of research and possibly enter terminal in order to make it work. Setting button in menu or Control centre will be probably the first place they will look for it, but won't find it there and that is disappointing...
 
5 years ago

dark4p
I believe that Mint Control Panel (or Center) should be implemented in the new releases. This new control panel should be partially based on Yast (openSUSE), Kubuntu System Settings and similar..  
5 years ago

lovermet1984
Well, this is a good idea, and I think every Mainstream Distro has its own Control Center. I've been using OpenSUSE before migrating to Mint and I think the Mint team should focus on understanding the importance and ease of use of Yast in SUSE, and why not, implement a better control center. I think that the same philosophy could apply for Mint, because Yast was written in an ncurses version, and then, when selecting the Desktop Environment to install, you get either the GTK+ or Qt interface.  
5 years ago

Cheshihvost
Good idea!  
5 years ago

agga
Thanks, benjamin. That would be wonderful!  
5 years ago

benjamimgois
Guys, i´m the developper of UCC (ubuntu control center) due to my disappointment with Unity and Gnome-Shell, i´m really considering switch to Mint. Even knowing that ucc isn´t the best piece of software in the world i i could make a Mintified version of ucc if it´s the interest of the comunnity.  
5 years ago

fleming746
Easy access to fine control of our systems would be very beneficial, I also find that the Mandriva control panel a good example of what would be a very nice Control Panel.  
6 years ago

kobin
Awesome Idea  
6 years ago

24horsonline
excellent idea

excelente ideia
 
6 years ago

Simeon
OK.  
6 years ago

spacy01
I'm agree with that, ubuntu-tweak was a great, but he is only for gnome 2, now in gnome 3 we miss for a tool, like him!  
6 years ago

ammaretto
May be as Entropy with Sulfur GUI?  
6 years ago

wackyseb
Good idea for a new control panel. But don't use Mandriva's Control Panel. Please. It's horrible to use. Too hard for Noob users.

Just add at gnome's panel some quick-launch button.
 
6 years ago

Hawkeye
Good idea for both quality of experience for the end user and as a competitive advantage when potential users are comparing Linux Mint against alternative distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, et al). It is a 'high value-added' suggestion.  
6 years ago

JoeCompton
It would be nice to have just a single place for everything, especially when configuring over ssh.  
6 years ago

SirGalahad
Good Idea!!!  
6 years ago

excentrica
Nice Idea!  
6 years ago

bergamot
I just forget to mention that we have no scanner control tool also. I mean, it would be great to have this one pre-installed, like printer control tool.  
6 years ago

bergamot
Good idea.

I'd love to have such control tools for game-pads and joysticks, wacom-like tablets, and sound cards.

Actually there is Pulse Audio Control tool, but many users remove Pulse Audio - that's the first thing they do when they got their Mint installed. And then users have to open Synaptic and find and install additional packages like Alsa-Mixer and so on.

I think if we'd have independent sound control tool, not tied together with Pulse Audio, just a separate one - it would be great. And developers can add an independent applet, because if you remove Pulse Audio, volume-control applet also is gone. So, if we could have this applet. put it on the panel, click and get all our sound card preferences - I think it would be very comfortable to use.

And one more thing. I'd love to have some test tools in the control center. For example, to test you speakers, webcam, microphone, control devices. Something like we've got in Skype when we need no test our hardware. It could be a separate Test Section, or these test tools could be embedded in each device control tool.

Okay, I've got something else to offer.:) There's no sufficient monitor adjusting tool pre-installed. You can't calibrate it, you can't adjust the colors, gamma, etc. You even have to laucn Power Manage to change the brightness of your display - isn't that a little bit strange, ah?

I believe we need these things a lot. And when we get them, Linux Mint became more sufficient, more solid distro then something ever before.

What do you think, guys?
 
6 years ago

blueXrider
Someone mentioned YaST? Isn't that an RPM-based tool?

A combination of Ubuntu-Tweak and Ailurus would be nice.

Mint-Tweak






Hoooooorah
 
6 years ago

oldator
That is the one thing I miss in Mint. Mandriva, and PCLinuxOS has a very good Control Pane, plus their configure my computer gives even greater control.  
6 years ago

islandmonkey
Very good idea.  
6 years ago

rick1959
GUI focused projects like this, are something I strongly support. That being giving a greater chance of success for non-technical users to successfully install and manipulate Linux (Mint is my FAVORITE!!).
And, another reason to choose this distro, if has incorporate the tools to provide success for the newcomer.

I find here in South Florida that many people are sick of M$ Windows. Until recently, many have dealt with their frustration by visiting, and buying, Apple. Current economic conditions (and for a while) are resulting in more people here looking for alternatives, like Linux. Linux Mint can be there by improving the process of installation and adaptation by the incorporation of GUI.
 
6 years ago

spaceboy
Great idea. Anything to minimize user work, mouse movement, hunting and gathering, is a major plus for a user friendly distro. Individual items could still be kept in the system menu, if you know you only need to tweak one item.

Additionally, if you did just open up an individual item, each item's GUI could have a CP button in the corner or on the menu bar, so you could click straight through to the CP if you decided you wanted to do additional tweaking, rather than having to close out the single item, and open the CP directly. Basically, connect everything where possible to minimize menu use.
 
6 years ago

hamburn
Good idea, it will boost the usability.  
6 years ago

ademalsasa
I'm agree with Neb. A mainstream distro should have this one. I think this can replace Windows Control Panel for ex. Windows user on Mint. Mint should have out-of-the-box Control Center, more than Windows Control Panel.  
6 years ago

olegrumpy
I tend to agree, as long as the control panel doesn't become overladen with so many choices that a newbie becomes overwhelmed. The KSS principle is an admirable concept in most cases. I would be in favor of a control panel which could be expanded by the user as skills progress. Why not be able to add icons for your favorite programs, or add drop down menus for them under the appropriate categories? After all, you add apps over time, at least I do, so why not be able to add them to the control panel?  
6 years ago

technologychick
Thanks, this idea would be great, if they could implement it!  
6 years ago

sadi_pu
I'm agree with you ravS n I also wants so!!  
6 years ago

RavS
I don't know about other OS, but I would love to see a great Control Centre for my favorite OS!  
6 years ago

blueXrider
This would be a good thing for the Mint Team to work on  
6 years ago

jerryh1683
The interface works for me.  
6 years ago

sadi_pu
I think that itz better idea cause ubuntu,debian have there own software centre.Open suse have its unique control panel or control centre so basically to take strategy against windows its needed.  
6 years ago

Sonsum
I've never seen Mandriva's control panel, but to me, Mint's Control Center is just as intuitive as XP's and Windows 7's.  
6 years ago

Lyrad123
How do I make linux Mint as easy to use as windows xp pro ?
I have an old Xp Pro Disk But I cant find the Customer number or whatever it is called for the Xp pro disk
P,S. It IS My Disk but I got it Years ago with a computer I bought
 
6 years ago

jkw
@darkrubysage Feel free to contribute if you have the time and effort for it. I think the team is busy as it is.  
6 years ago

darkrubysage
What's up with this? This is the second-most popular idea; We all want this, I think that some sort of developer response is overdue. Do this. We want this.  
6 years ago

zerea
I don't know what "Mandriva's Control Panel" looks like.  
6 years ago

farnaby
Hmm... honestly, I like the GNOME centre. It is quite clearly arranged and simple and offers all the features most users ever want. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but compared to what KDE or even Windows 7 offers, I feel much more comfortable with GNOME. However, I haven't tried out the mandriva thing.  
6 years ago

CaptSilver
A single unified control center is necessary to be competitive with modern operating systems.  
6 years ago

spacy01
It's a good idea, another step to linux mint's individuality!  
6 years ago

Argent
Why would this new control centre be better? What would it offer?  
6 years ago

renatortb
For me, the Mandriva's Control Panel should be copied to LM. This is a great idea.  
6 years ago

wei2912
Great idea.  
6 years ago

perpetualtimewaster
The only problem I've discovered with the control panel so far is that there's no option to cancel documnets in the printer que.  
6 years ago

mercury00
The fact that people are promoting this proves that the current control center is in fact NOT 'good enough as it is' 'already does the job' 'not broke' 'not missing anything' etc. Please, stop trying to convince people that they're happy with something they don't like.

Gnome/Ubuntu has way too many apps to control what should be in one menu.
http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/80/
That's the MOST POPULAR brainstorm idea about Ubuntu *ever*.

Mint would rock if we had a DE independent control center that actually controlled things, and was useful.
 
6 years ago

amlucent
Suse's Yast is an excellent utility to base this on.. but as long as it has an ncurses CLI version I will be happy.  
6 years ago

batsin
Very little time is spent in the control panel so since it does the job, I don't think it matters very much. Its what you get used to....  
6 years ago

trollboy
This would be a fine addition, but don't base it on YAST. The Mandriva control panel on the other hand is excellent  
6 years ago

jkw
@ReckouNT
If someone should make MCC I guess it'd be like mintMenu, mintUpdate etc
 
6 years ago

ReckouNT
Why Mint's Control Center should be only on Gnome? KDE also needs that stuff.  
6 years ago

psyckers
I quite like the minimalist approach currently in use, but I do dig your idea of a few more quick-launch buttons to help with system performances etc.  
6 years ago

karimbardee
A very good idea. A control center is essential to linux mint, when I tried mint for the first time ( two years ago) I returned many times to opensuse because of the lack of the control center. Now (as far as I know) only opensuse and pclinux are having the control center.
If mint get the control center (beside its depending on debian) then I think no distro would be ever compared to it.
 
6 years ago

DaneAU
The current one is what OpenSUSE had on it the last time i used it, i found it quite easy and simple.  
6 years ago

sythe
Only if it was good...  
6 years ago

jkw
I looked at Ubuntus Control Center (ucc) and it was written in Pascal, which I thought was dead (the programming language) like in the beginning of the 2000's, but no. :-D  
6 years ago

robbrown
Let MINT shine the way... I seconds a big HOORA  
6 years ago

greg84pl
Hooha ;-)  
6 years ago

iampcman
If Not Broke..  
6 years ago

KirkM
Absolutely agree. Mint has already developed a fine, unique, easy to use "Minty-fied Menu that's now in use in other distros as well and this would be a great follow up project.  
6 years ago

rismak7
I love the Mandriva control center as well. It's easy to use and very functional. I think something like it would be a nice addition to Mint.  
6 years ago

ibrahimsuprapto
I love YasT to be an excelent example  
6 years ago

Oldredbeard
I agree, Mandy has a nice control panel. PCLOS has taken advantage of it and added some things, its really nice.  
6 years ago

jkw
Would be neat if it was the same Control Center for all flavours, just with different GUI's. Like I described a few comments back.

Core -> NCurses
Gnome -> GTK
KDE -> Qt

With the simple reason to not having to get gtk packages for kde, k-packages for gtk etc.
 
6 years ago

Alexio
@orionthehunter - This tool would be used to get easy access to the main configuration tools and system tool packages. Ubuntu Control Center is inspired by Mandriva Control Center. Features may be changed according to the installed packages on the system: Software Management, Hardware, Network and Internet, System, Local Disks, Account Preferences, etc.  
6 years ago

orionthehunter
I'm curious. I'd like to see some specific ideas regarding what this control center would do?  
6 years ago

Elisa
@neo67 ...interesting idea ;)  
6 years ago

neo67
I think also, to improve and a further development of UCC is the right way. To build up an app from scratch is not necessary. This would be waste time.
 
6 years ago

kanha
as he said new users who use previously windows will be interested to use it
as it will make them feel as if they are using windows
 
6 years ago

achiele
Excellent  
6 years ago

jkw
Should do a "Mintification" of UCC then if that's good. ;-)  
6 years ago

Alexio
The Ubuntu Control Center (UCC) is a simple tool for administration that may be installed and used with Linux Mint.  
6 years ago

Sol_Badguy
Excellent idea!  
6 years ago

drum
good idea  
6 years ago

crhylove
How could that be more important than this one?

http://community.linuxmint.com/idea/view/698

This is ALSO a good idea, but sounds like a lot of working. Defaulting to VLC would be like a half hour job, and have a lot of benefit.
 
6 years ago

Troken
I agree, still after 1+ year of using Mint, I get confused when looking for certain preferences that I dont use every day. Annoying and one of the big problems with most linux distros that scare away ppl from other os's.  
7 years ago

carnegie0107
I have long wished for this in Ubuntu, and it would perhaps fit in with Mint even better. Integrate simple-ccsm, gnome-appearance-properties, and most everything in the 'preferences' menu... but actually listing the controls themselves, grouped by category, rather than launching the settings menus for each individual application, in which very similar settings options will be hidden in very different places. The Mint Control Center could also let a user quickly toggle compositing, and switch between window managers, for example. What a great way to ease Linux newbies into this world, without confusing them more than necessary.  
7 years ago

penguinuser
Good idea. It should also be cross-DE.  
7 years ago

zaenal1234
right.!. I agree, the name 'control center' mean = must be as a parent / center setting it all, and not to be minimized.  
7 years ago

pazuzuthewise
It is sufficient as it is. Why make something new when the old one works well?  
7 years ago

sigma-ml
A more organised and categorized Control Center is certainly desirable.  
7 years ago

punkrtekk
I am really supporting this idea. Mandriva/PClinuxOS have lots of fans because the ease of use. And ease of settings counts!!!  
7 years ago

jhpassarelli
Great Idea! I love it!  
7 years ago

jkw
I guess the layout itself would be really easy to make, since there's awesome software to design them.

Like:
- Qt4: http://doc.qt.nokia.com/4.0/qt4-designer.html
- GTK (Glade): http://glade.gnome.org/

But it's the stuff "under the hood" that would require some more dedicated time I guess.
 
7 years ago

kneekoo
I would love Mint to have a central place for all settings and a custom designed application would thrill everyone. Sometimes we have to (re)invent the wheel.  
7 years ago

ckristi
This is an interesting idea. I agree that both Yast and Mandriva's Control Center are good examples of good unified control centers.
 
7 years ago

kentw
i like the many options i see in Control Center (and all are there) =
nice, but there are so many adjustments i dont need like adjustments for Window (last category in Compiz Config )
 
7 years ago

tanmays
Good Idea. A unified control panel would be nice.  
7 years ago

wanda
A very good idea to be honest.  
7 years ago

13thSlayer
A pretty good idea to be honest. Yeah, GNOME default control center is pretty useless since all that is in the menus anyway (that's why it's hidden by default in Ubuntu, too), and is shown in Linux Mint just so Windows users can feel more "at home" - but that's not exactly working out since, well, it's not configuring enough. Whereas in Windows everything IS configured from one app (the Control Panel), here it's just a folder with bunch of shortcuts.  
7 years ago

andym3
Mint really needs something like YaST if it wants to be user friendly.  
7 years ago

Abd3l
Thats a nice idea Mandriva's control center is really good it would be nice if Linux Mint had the same exact one.  
7 years ago

turin13
Good idea. This will be great addition for Mint Update, Menu and other tools. Mint developing team are very talented! Maybe this CC even will be cross DE :)  
7 years ago

seaofmint32
Mandriva's Control Center is one of the best to come to any operating system, me thinks. I have been using Mandriva for many years. This is my second time on Mint, a it after a great experience with Mint 8. Would love to see Mint get its own Control Center. That would be an incredible addition.  
7 years ago

DJCrashdummy
good idea!
because now i'm working with the "mint control center" and "ubuntu tweak" (and sometimes for really special things also with the terminal) to get all my configurations done!
i prefer gui but don't really like both solutions...! :-/

maybe a "really new" gui (i don't know UCC, Yast, and so on) will be nice, with the main option "general settings" (default - to keep it simple) and "expert settings" (to also have a gui for advanced users)!
 
7 years ago

dbpatankar
Yast......... The best control center I know.
So I promote it as a base for this idea.
 
7 years ago

Gabor
Before Mint I was using Mandriva, and the CC was the best I ever used, very nearly feature-complete, both luser and admin-friendly, and very shiny to boot. E.g. I sorely miss a detailed hardware/device overview in MintCC, and figuring out how to change a user's password through the GIU was non-obvious.  
7 years ago

farnaby
Hm... honestly speaking, I don't get the point at the moment. What is missing in mint control center?  
7 years ago

Diego9000
Yeah, sounds very nice, the actual Control Center is a bit weird/confuse, and ugly too, after seeing the UCC *Ubuntu Control Center http://sites.google.com/site/ubuntucontrolcenter/ * i think that Mint needs a much more better Control Center  
7 years ago

ndakota91
I agree with gotjazz and others - the gnome control center is really too simplified. I'd like to see a control center like this (http://sites.google.com/site/ubuntucontrolcenter/) in the next linux mint  
7 years ago

gotjazz
I'm definitely promoting that because I'm generally concerned about gnomes over-simplifying. But I don't see a big chance of something more-poweful like yast or the mandrive/pclos control-center actually coming. After all mint is about being simple and some might be concerned about scaring people away. One way to go would maybe be a simple control-center like gnome's that also has something like an "expert-mode" (with a big fat warning when being activated for the first time)  
7 years ago

waka_choko
I agree that Yast (in opensuse) is a great control center. Promoting.  
7 years ago

jkw
I've given up on the project. I'm simply too crappy programming these days. It would take me months and months of learning/developing/learning/developing etc  
7 years ago

begrebela
I think the CC should contain a narrow left-side panel where users can choose that they would like to set up and the chosen program (e.g. mintDesktop) should appear next to the panel (at the blank place).  
7 years ago

CBindahouse
A control center would be great! The Gnome control center doesn't do half as much as the Windows one does, so upgrading this to a much improved mint version would be brilliant!  
7 years ago

anyoneelse
it would make it easier to handle problems especially for the newbies. Terminal is really scary for the first impression. A control center like Windows could be really good.  
7 years ago

parijathakumar
I too have such a wish for long. Yes, something like Mandriva's Control Center. Even I wish there should be two sections, one for 'basic user' and one for 'advanced user'. By default it should take to the basic user section. How will it be if the 'advanced user' section contains gui configuration wizards for configuring 'lamp' server etc..  
7 years ago

pazuzuthewise
It's menu label should be unambiguous, something like
"Mint Control Center - name of desktop environment".

The menu label for mintConfig in Helena XFCE is "XFCE Control Center", and I remeber to tell it apart from the "XFCE4 Settings Manager" only by their position in the main menu (both start with XFCE and mintConfig's label doesn't mention Mint).
 
7 years ago

jkw
I'm starting to look for the possibilities to create mintConfig or mintControlCenter or whatever to call it.

I got the plan in my head and I've been starting to read up some on python since all the other tools seems to be written in python.

I'm a very old programmer so it takes some time to get started, we'll see if I've taken "water over my head" or if I actually manage to make a useful tool.
 
7 years ago

jkw
Only issue is that there is different type of flavours of Mint.

* Gnome (GTK)
* KDE (Qt)
* etc

Then there has to be one identical for all different of them. Which shouldn't be that hard. But someone has to grab it if it gets promoted.
 
7 years ago

Daybreak
This would really make Mint one step closer to beat Ubuntu in distrowatch.  
7 years ago

nebcanuck
Yast is definitely an excellent control center as well, I agree. However, Mandriva's control panel has an edge in terms of being very intuitive, whereas Yast can be overwhelming. This probably stems from the incredible amount of functions Yast covers; while having everything accessible through GUI can be a good thing, the huge list of things you must search through to find basic functions on Yast can detract from the experience, IMO.  
7 years ago

davedarkblade
I think Yast would be e better example than Mandriva's Control Panel.
Yast in my opinion is the best control center.
 
7 years ago

Craig
I agree.  

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