[Setup-tool-hackers] The GNOME System Tools version 0.27.0 "A pintof Guinness" have been released.

The GNOME System Tools version 0.27.0 "A pint of Guinness" have been

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 remote configuration through SSH. NOTE: for using this you
need at least GST 0.27.0 correctly installed in your target systems, so
pkg-config can find the path to the backends, and of course sshd. for
enabling this you probably need to play with "remote_configuration" and
"remote_hosts_list" keys under /apps/gnome-system-tools/global in GConf=20
(Carlos Garnacho)
  - Made GST to run only the backends as root  (Carlos Garnacho)
  - Moved the applications menu entries to /Applications/System tools/
(Carlos Garnacho)
  - General UI Fixes (Carlos Garnacho)
  - UI improvements (Christian Neumair, Carlos Garnacho)
  - Various bugfixing and code cleaning (Carlos Garcia)
  - Added entry password support (Carlos Garcia, Carlos Garnacho)
  - Added partial Hurd menu entries support in GRUB (Carlos Garnacho)
  - UI improvements (Christian Neumair, Carlos Garnacho)
  - added the possibility of dialing to an external line (Carlos
  - Full UI Change, now the tool is more services-oriented (Carlos
  - UI improvements (Christian Neumair)
  - Made the backend to work again (Carlos Garnacho)

  - i18n issues (Christian Neumair)
  - Fixed crasher bug #111924 (Manuel Clos)
  ... plus other lots of bugfixing

  Thanks to William Jon McCann and Manuel Clos for sending patches

  Thanks to all the translators, they're worth of it

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

* LibGlade

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 irc.gnome.org

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
- Services 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 Garc=EDa 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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