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Old 04-20-2010, 10:56 AM
Jaroslav Reznik
Default Configuration infrastructure (system configs replacement, maintainers please read)

We've been working for some time on improving current system configuration
tools (system-config-* cleanup), some of these tools are going to be removed
completely as there's no need for them now (autoconfiguration, obsoleted), some
are really very outdated and unmaintained for some time. And of course - we
have PolicyKit 1 now.
What does this mean? Now we have nice opportunity to split user interface from
actual backendn (and usually has to be runned under root account). And it
would be nice to have some common interface sitting on DBus - it's where we
aim with fmci - Fedora Management and Configuration Infrastructure
(infrastructure as we already have a lot of services on DBus - so we'd like
also to document these. It's more than just some interface).

So the plan: first we want to collect input from user/devs - we don't want to
do project for project because we like projects but useful one... We don't
want to replace or change the current way - configuration files. Just high level
access, not covering all functionality, to core system to be used by new GUIs,
scripts etc. Next is to document the current state - for examples for network
configuration there's NetworkManager, desktop team is working on user
management tool and there are more projects, usually not connected etc. This
is what has to be done first.

* high level interface?
* documentation of existing interfaces on one place
* UI/backend splits (current s-c-* tools maintainers input needed)
* coding the most important interfaces for F-14

So if you are interested in this project - suggestions, ideas, you'd like to
participate in other ways (coding, etc...) - you're welcome on fmci-devel
list! Reply here, ping me, kill me - (nearly) everything allowed! This
projects needs interaction from more teams - base os, destkop, design etc...

Jaroslav Řezn*k <jreznik@redhat.com>
Software Engineer - Base Operating Systems Brno

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