Originally Posted by twohot
Thanks vallimar, that was very helpful
... what is the difference between dconf and gconf and when should each be used? I'm looking for ways to tweak the 'selection' colours on GTK3 ... want to darken the blue background so the white texts can stand out. If someone wanted to change the colour of the titlebar, where does he/she go? Those things used to be easy to manipulate in Gnome2. What about font hinting ... my monospace font looks distorted. Is that Deja-Vu? It can't be.
The Fedora default fonts have always been lousy by my estimation. If you poke around
the dconf-editor, you'll see font and colour settings.. the colours are usually prefixed with
gtk_ if I recall, I cannot check currently. Font hinting I think was located underneath
gnome-settings-daemon, xsettings -- or something non-obvious.
As far as the difference, dconf uses the new gsettings method, which seems to mostly
be the same as the old gconf system with a different name, api and organization.
The way it saves settings is different too, a binary config file instead of readable flat
files. I don't troll the gnome mailing lists, so other than "why not?", I have no reason to give
you for the change. As to why you need both for some things, that is because gnome
has done their typical botch job and didn't manage to get everything converted, so they
are just going to release Gnome3 with some on gsettings, the rest on gconf and they'll
update as they go along.