Universal Accounts Dialog

Registered by Daniel Fore on 2011-01-11

In order to create an environment that is both more pleasant to users and requires less work from developers, a system wide accounts dialog should be created that each app can tap in to.

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In addition to username and password apps also store:
Empathy - Chat protocol specific options such as quit message and server
Postler - email specific options such as sending/receiving server and prefix

Some non-account specific things to store - Full Name, Organization, Email Address

Some info like this is already stored in About Me dialog in GNOME settings and can be retrieved by applications

We also should mind security; shall we use gnome-keyring as a backend and its security policy for the frontend?

GOA gives us only OAuth tokens which is not sufficient for a number of reasons, most notably legal issues with API keys in open-source workflow, and one-token-per-app policies which defeat the whole concept. See http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-devel-list/2011-October/msg00044.html
OAuth key acquisition by apps requires popping up a webkit window and requiring user input in there, which also pretty much defeats the purpose of centralized accounts dialog.

So we'll probably have to create a custom implementation that stores username/password pairs; that will at least allow us to feed e-mail client, IM client and web browser with the proper info. --shnatsel

This could also feed dexter as personal/me contact. --swizzle

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