GUI admin tools should provide transparency

Robert Collins robertc at
Sat Jan 21 08:08:40 GMT 2006

On Sat, 2006-01-21 at 02:57 -0500, Andrew Piskorski wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 11:35:03PM +0100, Quim Gil wrote:
> > Subject: Re: gnome terminal
> > The official Ubuntu documentation keeps the user in the GUI whenever
> > possible (thanks Corey to point this out). The confusion comes from
> > elsewhere, every time someone sends a regular user to the command line
> > for administration tasks that can be perfectly performed with (cute and
> > simple) GNOME tools.
> Those Gnome GUI admin tools may be "cute and simple", and they
> certainly can be useful at times, but they are also TOTALLY OPAQUE!
> AFAICT they provide absolutely no way to find out what the tool is
> REALLY doing underneath, not for beginners and not for Unix experts
> either.  Down that path lies Microsoft Windows, and I was dismayed to
> find Ubuntu apparently going that route.

uuuh, the reason windows is opaque is the lack of source. Ubuntu is
definately NOT going down that path.

As for the gnome admin tools, depending on the tool there are backend
modules for different linux/unix flavours or its just built in. See the
source (no, I'm not kidding).

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