I've been building a very thorough script to handle the process of fresh-installing Ubuntu and setting it up just the way I like (as well as adapting it for use at where I work). It's a bash script I run right after install.
One of the last remaining things I haven't figured out how to do with something like gsettings is to control what icons get locked to the launcher. I would like to remove almost all the default icons and only lock icons of my choosing instead.
Running 14.04.2, pure Ubuntu (not a variant).