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About the MATE System Tools
- Fork:
MATE System Tools package is a fork of GNOME System Τοols package.
- Targeted to desktop users:
These tools are intended to simplify the tasks of configuring a Unix system
for workstations. They are not intended for configuring Unix servers.
- Unified system configuration:
Configuring different Unix systems is different; every Unix system has
different ways of being administrated. The MATE System Tools aspire to
unify these systems.
- Multi-platform:
Each one of the MATE System Tools is split in two parts: a backend (which
is typically written in Perl) and a user interface frontend (which is
typically written in C or Python).
The backends are written in a way that should allow us to quickly adapt
them to various different flavors of Unix; the backend probes your system
and parses the existing system files. When the user has finished editing
the system settings, the configuration is written back as patches to the
system files.
This means that the MATE System Tools use whatever configuration files are
available on your system, and you can still edit those files by hand or
with other configuration tools without conflicts or data loss.
- For Distributors:
Distributions may want to modify src/users/ and add
groups that are specific to that distribution. For example add the sudo
group for Administrators on Ubuntu based distributions.
Please send any patches or technical questions/requests to the developers.