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

James Su suzhe at
Fri Dec 10 15:11:26 EET 2004

  IMO, the current functions supported by system-tools-backends are far 
from enough for daily usage. And I don't know if the API is strong 
enough to support many other kind of tasks, such as configurations of 
X11, network services, hardware setup (IrDA, bluetooth, printer, 
scanner, TV card, sound card etc.), partition, power management, 
firewall, etc.? Besides these, does system-tools-backend support remote 
administration protocol, such as CIM etc.?

James Su

Carlos Garnacho wrote:

>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? :)
>	Carlos
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