On Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20 I have just noticed that there is a hide-identity gsetting:

hide-identity gsetting in dconf-editor

I have read its description, but what exactly would be the difference if I turned it on? What information would it stop showing and where exactly? And would turning this option cause any problems?


Before GNOME 3.10, the user menu in the top right of the screen showed the user name in the top bar by default.

GNOME 3.8 user menu

There was a privacy setting to turn that feature off.

GNOME 3.8 privacy settings

When the user menu was redesigned in GNOME 3.10, the user name was hidden by default from the top bar. I don't think that setting is user for anything now and it was removed from the Settings app.

  • It says on screen or on the *network*, so what about the latter? – user364819 Jun 18 '16 at 12:17
  • Plus, this setting in gsettings is disabled by default and I am on 3.20 so the above in your answer probably isn't really relevant to this. – user364819 Jun 18 '16 at 12:19

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