The sysadmin view on GNOME

A long time ago, we had a useful document that explained aspects of GNOME that are relevant to system administrators: GNOME Desktop System Administration Guide. Unfortunately, that document never made the jump from GNOME 2 to GNOME 3. In fact, it never made the jump beyond 2.14 or so…

With GNOME 3 is  a bit more than a year old now, it is high time that we this situation fixed. To kickstart this, I started a wiki page a while ago where I collect bits of information that should server as raw material for a new sysadmin guide. You can find it here:

This is not my private playground – I would absolutely love contributions from others; there’s many areas I haven’t touched at all yet. E.g.

  • Is it possible to set up online-accounts for users in advance ?
  • What about hardware compatibility –  how to find out if gnome-shell will work ?
  • Lockdown

And if you are a system administrator, please add the questions that you ran into when trying GNOME 3.  Your input will not only improve the new sysadmin guide, it may also show us where we need to make things more manageable.

3 thoughts on “The sysadmin view on GNOME”

  1. The wiki page is a good start but down the road, I’d like to see content like this in something like a gnome(7) man page… it would describe public interfaces, dependencies, initialization sequence etc. etc. etc.

    [davidz@thinkpad ~]$ man gnome
    No manual entry for gnome

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for reaching out to the sysadmins. When we were at the Montreal gnome conference a year or so ago, I believe you started asking me about sysadmining+gnome. I hope I haven’t confused you with someone else.

    Anyways if you have any specific questions that I can help with, feel free to ping me somehow.


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