GNOME System Tools 0.25.0 is out!

The GNOME System Tools version 0.25.0 have been released.

The GNOME System Tools are a set of cross-platform configuration
utilities for Linux and other Unix systems. Internally they are divided
in frontends and backends. The frontend knows nothing about the
underlying system and provides the same user interface across the
different types of systems. The backend knows how to read and write the
configuration information. The GNOME System Tools do not impose a new
database on the system: they work with the default configuration files
so that configuration can still be done by hand or by other tools.

You can view screenshots of the most recent tools at

Changes since last release

  - Added full support for PLD Linux (Grzegorz Golawski)
  - Added support for slackware 8.1 in time and users (Todd Kulesza)
  - s/xst/gst/ in all the code (Christian Neumair)
  - general UI polishing (Christian Neumair, Carlos García, Garnacho)
  - Added more service descriptions (Eduardo García Cebollero)

  - Added support for initrd images (Garnacho, Carlos García)
  - Now the root device entry is a combo with a closed set of options
depending on the entry type (Carlos García)
  - Added popup menus (Carlos García)

  - Added basic IPv6 support (Garnacho)
  - Added modem autodetection (Garnacho)
  - Added connection druids, made them also run standalone (Garnacho)
    you can throw them running:
         $ network-admin --new-connection
         $ network-admin --ppp-connection
         $ network-admin --eth-connection
         $ network-admin --wlan-connection
         $ network-admin --plip-connection
         $ network-admin --irlan-connection

  - Added popup menus (Carlos García) other lots of bugfixing

You can get it from :

Help Wanted
We still need lots of help from anybody interested in contributing to
GST, even if it's only an email letting us know whether the tools worked
for your system. You can also submit bug reports at

Testing that the tools work correctly on your system and either filing
detailed bug reports or confirming that they work correctly is greatly
appreciated. If you test a tool on an unsupported distro/system and find
out that it works correctly, please let us know so that we can update
the supported tools matrix (see below).

The backends are designed as to minimize the effort needed to support
more distros/systems. A great way to contribute is to port the tools to
another distribution/system.


* GNOME 2 libraries

* GConf


* gnome-print 

The tools have been stable on our systems recently. However, since this
tools modify your system configuration we suggest that only people which
are going to be able to solve a problem if something goes wrong use them
at the time. We have created a backup system so that the changes made to
the configuration files are tracked and stored.

Mailing list / IRC
For discussion and feedback, sign up for our mailing

You can also find us in the #gst channel on IRC server

You can find the latest version of the GST whitepaper at:

Backup system
Every time a tool modifies your system configuration files, it makes
backups of those files. The backups are rotated (for 9 levels in total),
and the backup made the first time the tool was run is kept forever.
This means that you can revert your system configuration to the point
before you ever ran a GNOME System Tool.

The backup path is /var/cache/setup-tools-backends/backup/<tool>/<id>/.
In this directory, you'll find a complete snapshot of the files that
were modified. The original directory structure leading up to these
files is also kept. <id> runs from 1-9, and when the first backup is
rotated out, it is kept in a special catalog called "First", which is
never touched again.

Current Tool Set
- Runlevel admin
Allows you to configure:
     * the services your computer will run at startup
     * in which runleves do they run

- Network admin
Allows you to configure your:

    * hostname
    * samba hostname and workgroup
    * DNS servers
    * search domains
    * hosts (/etc/hosts)
    * Network interfaces
    * ppp
    * ethernet
    * slip
    * wavelan (limited support)

- Time admin
Allows you to configure your:

    * Date & Time
    * Timezone
    * NTPD servers

- Users admin
Allows you to manage:

    * Users
    * username / full name
    * password
    * home dir
    * shell
    * groups
    * Groups

- Boot admin
Allows you to set:

    * Default boot partition
    * Partition type and label
    * Timeout
    * Kernel image
    * Kernel extra parameters (append)
    * adding or deleting partitions from the boot manager


Carlos Garnacho Parro <garnacho tuxerver net>


Arturo Espinosa <arturo ximian com>
Hans Petter Jansson <hpj ximian com>
Tambet Ingo <tambet ximian com>
Chema Celorio <chema ximian com>
Bradford Hovinen <bradford ximian com>
Israel Escalante <israel ximian com>
Jacob Berkman <jacob ximian com>
Carlos Garnacho Parro <garnacho tuxerver net>
Carlos García Campos <elkalmail yahoo es>
Christian Neumair <chris gnome-de org>


Jakub Steiner <jimmac ximian com>
Anna Dirks <anna ximian com>
Tuomas Kuosmanen <tigert ximian com>
Joakim Ziegler <joakim ximian com>

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