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Release Digest: GNOME, October 13, 2003

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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame

GNOME System Tools 0.28.0

The GNOME System Tools version 0.28.0 "Juggling knives" 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 http://www.gnome.org/projects/gst/screenshots.html

Changes since last release


  • Added HIGified "apply" "cancel" and "OK" buttons in all the main dialogs (Carlos Garnacho)
  • Several HIG improvements (William Jon McCann)
  • Improved communication between backend and frontend (Carlos Garnacho)
  • Added Mandrake 9.0 and 9.1 support (Carlos Garnacho)
  • Added OpenNA 1.0 support for all tools (Gerhard Mourani)
  • Improved auto* use in backends, added independent pkg-config file for the backends, made the backends to configure independently of the frontends (Eduardo Garcia Cebollero)


  • fixed bug #121744 (Carlos Garnacho)
  • made the tool somewhat independent from the devices.map file when configuring GRUB (Carlos Garnacho)


  • fixed a crasher when trying to add a new interface (Carlos Garnacho)
  • added the --configure <interface> command line parameter (Carlos Garnacho)
  • made it to throw the druid if there aren't configured interfaces (Carlos Garnacho)


  • HIG improvements (Carlos Garnacho)


  • UI improvements (Carlos Garnacho)
  • Fixed bugs #122174 and #113423 (Carlos Garnacho)

... plus other lots of bugfixing

Thanks to Gerhard Mourani and William Jon McCann for sending patches
Thanks too to all the translators :-)
Thanks to everybody who's worth of it and I've forgot to thank


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 http://bugzilla.gnome.org


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 list:http://lists.ximian.com/mailman/listinfo/setup-tool-hackers

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: http://primates.ximian.com/~miguel/helix-setup-tools.html

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 runlevels 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>


"Bring It On"

this release brings you a fix for the "zoom to fit [width]" feature that used to miscalculate the appropriate zoom factor.

apart from that the russian translation team and Augusta Marques da Silva have updated their respectful translations.

the sources are available at the usual place,




email: jaka@gnu.org
w3: http://fish.homeunix.org/people/jaka

Epiphany 1.0.2


What is it?

Epiphany is a GNOME web browser based on the mozilla rendering engine. It aims to be simple and easy to use.

What's changed?

Epiphany 1.0.2


  • Don't show session resume dialogue in server mode (Christian)
  • Fix http accept language header when running in C locale (Christian)


  • hu (Tímár András)
  • sr, sr@Latn (Danilo Å egan)

Where can I get it?

Source code:

Epiphany 1.0 requires Mozilla 1.4, 1.4.1, 1.5a, 1.5b or 1.6a.
The suggested version is Mozilla 1.4.1:

More about dependencies and installation tips:



gcalctool 4.3.16




gcalctool is the desktop calculator that's in GNOME 2.4.

It has Basic, Financial and Scientific modes. Internally it uses multiple precision arithmetic to produce results to a high degree of accuracy.

This re-release is for the GNOME 2.4.1 call for tarballs.

Changes since the last version (4.3.15).

Three important things since the 4.3.15 release on Friday:

  • Fixed bug 124377 (http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=124377)
  • Fixed rounding errors when the radix character for a locale isn't ".".
  • Online help is now in-sync with the application (thanks to Breda McColgan).
  • Various translation updates (thankyou!)



[Although some of the ftp mirrors may take a little while to sync].

Rich Burridge