More discussion: GUI, blogs, and pizza

Neal McBurnett neal at
Thu Jun 5 14:14:08 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 08:39:37AM -0500, Luke wrote:
> Some have suggested taking eBox and making a fully customized Ubuntu version.
> I'm not into actual development now, so I don't know what kind of effort this
> would be. Judging by the screenshots of eBox, this could be a way to go.

Note that the eBox project itself used to be based on Debian, and is
now re-basing on top of Ubuntu, which is great.

> One question I have: Is a web interface really the way to go? Will enterprise
> users go for having to have a web server to run admin services? In my personal
> view, it would be more reasonable to develop a program for Ubuntu that could
> have a GUI front made for it. An actual program is more pro than a web
> interface.

See also for more on this
stuff.  I'd say that an X11-based GUI on a server box would be a
security/maintenance concern to more enterprise admins than a
single-purpose, hardened web server (like what eBox needs).  And note
that you don't get 5 years of support for the X stuff on LTS like you
do for server stuff.

> Try to input on everything you feel you can contribute to (suggestions, help,
> etc.) Thanks.

I don't think I've really met you before, Luke.  Welcome!  Can you tell us some
more about you (perhaps in a separate "Introduction" thread)?

Neal McBurnett       

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