This issue arises in ctools 8.x as well as 7.x.
When trying to add a panel and ticking the box to force it to be the homepage (D7 link: admin/structure/pages/add) there is text that links the user to the site information page. This text points to the D6 site information page.
Patch attached works for both 8.x and 7.x installs and points to the correct site information page link for those Drupal versions.
FAILED: [[SimpleTest]]: [MySQL] Unable to apply patch incorrect-site-information-link-in-page-manager.patch. Unable to apply patch. See the log in the details link for more information. View