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Re: [SLUG] Debian
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Debian
- From: "Stephen Graham" <bcubed@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue Sep 19 15:50:18 2000
- Organization: B-Cubed Pty. Ltd.
Just to add my two cents.
I think GUI tools for configuring the machine are great, I am happy to admit
that they helped me greatly when I did my first install (RH 5.1). I now
know much more about how Linux all ties together, and find Debian better for
my needs (masquerading firewalls etc). The only problem I have with some of
the RH ones is that they DO NOT stick to the standard config files, rather
they create and modify their own ones. My vision of the perfect future for
Linux would be one where all the configs can either be done by using a
graphical tool, or by modifying config files directly; and that the
graphical tools modify nothing more than the standard config files.
Also, I don't think that the elitist mentality holds much water, if Linux is
to continue being a grass-roots force, it needs to get more people onboard.
The argument of "GUI tools are bad because they let people use the system
without having to learn how it works like I did..." is silly, would Netscape
have its position in the web community if all its users had to be able to
code HTML pages before they were allowed to use it? If all XEmacs users had
to be able to write LISP before being able to use it? Let the Redhats of
the world develop their tools, and use them if you wish. All I want is
Redhat to stick to the common config files and not always create their
damned own ones...
Well, back to watching olympic horsies
"I spend a lot on all the clothes that I got 'cos all the geeks that I meet,
they all look cooler than me"
- Mervellous 3, "Freak of the week"