Launching the user's preferred terminal

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Thu Jun 30 22:54:40 MDT 2011

On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:29:52 -0600
Dave Smith <dave at> wrote:

> I am writing a Linux desktop application (written in Qt) in which I'd 
> like to launch the user's preferred terminal. I am at a loss for a
> way to do this that would work across multiple distros: RHEL5, RHEL6,
> Fedora 13+, Ubuntu.

Long shot: Gnome has an application so users can select their preferred
browser, terminal, etc. Does Qt have anything analogous? I say it's a
long shot because Gnome is a complete desktop, where Qt is a widget


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