[gobolinux-users] GUI administration
mla-gobo at forrussia.org
Wed Aug 3 19:54:48 GMT 2005
Is there any interest in having a comprehensive set of GUI administration
tools for the next release? Since it makes no sense to re-invent the wheel,
here are some options that I know of:
Mandriva's drak* (Perl and GTK)
SuSE's yast2 (C++ and Qt/ncurses)
Guidance - http://www.simonzone.com/software/guidance/ (PyQt with some
The drak* tools are fairly comprehensive, but I'm not a fan of either Perl
or its GTK bindings, which at any rate would clash with Gobo's KDE leanings.
But that's my opinion.
I haven't tried yast2 yet, but it looks very comprehensive. However, it
looks difficult to compile, with lots of fiddly dependencies. The source
can either be fetched through the source rpms (try rpmfind.net) or tarballs
Guidance is still very much a work in progress, with currently only four
modules ready: userconfig, serviceconfig, mountconfig, and displayconfig.
Rumor has it that Kubuntu is looking into using it, however, which would give
it a boost. Guidance integrates with KControl, but there's an initial load-up
time of 4-7 seconds. Once any module has been loaded, however, subsequent
modules load within two seconds.
I guess my vote would be to go with Guidance. It's incomplete, but since
it's mostly Python, development should go pretty quick. It's also integrated
with KControl, which is a natural place to put it...if you use KDE. However,
for those who don't, then it's not such an ideal solution. However, from my
experience, people who don't use KDE (or GNOME) are less likely to be
interested in GUI configuration tools.
If, however, cross-desktop performance is critical, then yast2 would be
the better option, although in the long run I think that it would take more
work to adapt to Gobo. But I can't back that up with any real proof. What
does the peanut gallery think?
 See http://yast4debian.alioth.debian.org/howto-compile-en.html
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