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You can use "Preferred Applications" to set your media player, web browser, etc, but why does it not provide an option for images?

You can use Ubuntu Tweak to set the image viewer for all of the different image types, but it would be nice to have it built into Ubuntu.

Is there a technical limitation? (If it's possible with various audio/video types, I don't see what makes images more difficult.)

Or is it just a too much to do and not enough resources problem?

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better served as a bug report, not a question. – RolandiXor Apr 5 '11 at 2:25
@Roland: I was more curious why, but a bug is a good idea… – idbrii Apr 5 '11 at 18:23
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After reading some mailinglist posts, I think the Preferred Applications dialog was probably implemented to control what applications are launched for the media keys on your keyboard (web key, mail key, play/pause keys). The other two settings (terminal and accessibility) are also used by hotkeys.

Of course none of these options are exclusively for hotkeys, but I guess that's where their use comes from.

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All of these settings are best included in a dedicated control centre. This is one area where gnome falls down a lot. – RolandiXor Apr 5 '11 at 19:11
Sometimes the separation doesn't make sense, but it has benefits. Aside from avoiding a colossal and confusing settings monster, I can type "preferred" into gnome-do and have that application open. Of course, if I could open the preferred pane of a settings application the same way, I'd be pretty happy. – idbrii Apr 5 '11 at 19:31

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