The Configuraton Selector gui is activated from the system main menu when CNC / LinuxCNC is selected.

The Configuration Selector offers a selection of configurations organized:

My Configurations -------- User configurations
Sample Configurations ---- Sample configurations that
                           can be copied to 'My Configurations'
sim ------------------- simulation configurations. These
                        can be used for testing or learning
by_interface ---------- configurations organized by interface
by_machine ------------ configurations organized by machine
apps ------------------ applications that do not require
                        starting linuxcnc but may be useful
                        for testing or trying applications
                        like pyvcp or gladevcp
attic ----------------- obsolete or historical configurations

The sim configurations are often the most useful starting point for new users and are organized around supported guis:

axis
gmoccapy
gscreen
low_graphics
tklinuxcnc
touchy

A gui configuration directory may contain subdirectories with configurations that illustrate special situations or the embedding of other applications.

The by_interface configurations are organized around common, supported interfaces like:

general mechatronics
mesa
parport
pico
pluto
servotogo
vigilant
vitalsystems

Related hardware may be required to use these configurations as starting points for a system.

The by_machine configurations are organized around complete, known systems like:

boss
cooltool
sherline
smithy
tormach

A complete system may be required to use these configurations.

The apps items are typically 1) utilities that don’t require starting linuxcnc or 2) demonstrations of applications that can be used with linuxcnc:

info ------ creates a file with system information that
            may be useful for problem diagnosis
gladevcp -- example gladevcp applications
halrun  --- starts halrun in an terminal
latency --- applications to investigate latency
parport --- applications to test parport
pyvcp ----- example pyvcp applications
xhc-hb04 -- applications to test an xhc-hb04 USB wireless MPG

The attic directory stores obsolete or historical configurations.

When started, the Configuration Selector allows the user to pick one of their existing configurations (My Configurations) or select a new one (from the Sample Configurations) to be copied to their home directory. Copied configurations will appear under My Configurations on the next invocation of the Configuration Selector.

Note
Under the Apps directory, only applications that are usefully modified by the user are offered for copying to the user’s directory.