Oct
08

First Look at New Control Panel

Recently we blogged about the new pc-controlpanel. For those who would like an early peek, you can install this utility on an 8.x system. As the superuser, cd to an appropriate directory and run the following commands:

svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-qt4
cd src-qt4
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make
make install

Note: The last command will fail with an error if you chose to not install other languages during the initial PC-BSD installation. You can fix this with:

pkg_add –r qt4-linguist

and rerun the make install command.

This will install an entry into System -> PC-BSD Control Panel. Alternately, you can run the command kdesu pc-controlpanel. Here is a screenshot of the current version:

Note: some of the tools in the control panel will not work on 8.x as their code is specific to 9.0. However, you will get a good idea of the changes that are coming in these utilities. Also, the point of the new control panel is to allow easy access to PC-BSD specific utilities from any window manager or desktop environment.

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Comments (4)

  • October 8, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    By “… the point of the new control panel is to allow easy access to PC-BSD specific utilities,” are you referring to utilities that require root privileges or all PC-BSD tools?

    Did you notice that all the tools in the KDE Control Center in KDE 4.5.1 are visible from the main window? That is , the new Control Center no longer sports the General and Advanced tabs of the old one.

    • October 8, 2010 at 10:33 am |

      That was a good change for KDE :-)

      Currently the control panel contains icons for the utilities we had to create ourselves so that they understand BSD paths, device names, etc. Kris is still working on a printer configuration tool (as cups assumes that window managers will make their own front-end). We will probably add other icons as well, as we separate the configurations that users need to make to their PC-BSD systems from tools provided by desktop environments. So far, all of the icons are for superuser tasks as they deal with system configuration. The nice thing is that you only have to give the superuser password once (when you open control panel) and you won’t be reprompted for it if you access multiple configuration icons.

  • October 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm |

    Yeah, one-time authenticated access to all root-level tools is the way to go. That is how Mandriva has it. Their Mandriva Control Center (MCC) is the same across all the desktop environments.

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