Ubuntu Domain Server

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at canonical.com
Mon Oct 26 13:46:40 UTC 2009

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Dotan Cohen wrote on 24/10/09 13:25:
> Why not have a GUI program that performs brain surgery? That rebuilds
> Ford smallblocks? That gives legal advice? Some jobs require a
> professional, and making them "accessible" does nobody any good.

The software that brain surgeons use is highly graphical.
If it was text-only, it would be much less effective, and brain surgeons
would therefore be less trustworthy, not more. It is not the difficulty
of the software they use that leads you to trust brain surgeons,
mechanics, or lawyers; it is their training, experience, and support staff.

You are trying to make server administrators trustworthy by making
server software artificially difficult to use. This strategy would work
only if the server software market was uncompetitive, because it is a
strategy that severely retards the usefulness of the software. A
graphical interface could do a much better job of presenting and
manipulating things like directory information trees, network topology,
and resource use over time, than a text-only presentation ever will.

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