How can I set up desktop defaults, much like most distributions do, for every new user? (ex. default wallpaper, apps, etc)


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When a new user and his home directory are created, the home directory is "inititalized" with the contents of /etc/skel.

So if you setup a desktop like you want it to be for new users and then copy the relevant config-files to /etc/skel, that's what the desktop will look like for new users.

  • so, i'm guessing that most distributions would do this kind of thing?
    – rxu
    Oct 22, 2010 at 15:59
  • @rxu not really, this is usually left to the administrator to do. The distributions "hard-wire" their stuff (branding) into separate packages, that live in the same place as the actual programs (usually in /usr, particularly /usr/share as most of the stuff is just data).
    – peterph
    Nov 17, 2012 at 21:18

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