Proposal: System Tools Backends (From gnome-system-tools)

Carlos Garnacho carlosg at
Fri Dec 10 02:15:13 EET 2004

Hi all,

I'd like to propose the system-tools-backends for freedesktop, it's a
set of scripts that:

- Parse the system configuration, returning an XML file representing the
configuration, this XML is common to all distros
- Modify the system configuration accepting an XML file in the same

At the moment the backends support a quite wide number of distributions
(RedHat/Fedora, Debian, Mandrake, Slackware, Gentoo, FreeBSD, ...) and
are already being used by KDE or GNOME applications (KNetworkConf and

The currently supported configuration tasks are:

- Users/Groups management
- Services that start at boot time management
- Bootloaders configuration
- Time/Date management
- Network configuration
- Shared files through SMB/NFS management

So I think that FreeDesktop is the correct holder for this project, what
do you think? :)


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