[OT] Debian mailinglists [was: RE: Debian or Ubuntu?]

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Mon May 19 20:20:07 UTC 2008

Dotan Cohen wrote:

> 2008/5/12 Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca>:
>> Oh sure - and you could get yourself a week of flames for even bringing
>> up the subject of Webmin...
> You'd get flamed for using it, but the community would help you
> configure anything that you need, the right way. They'd rather teach
> you to fish than give you a fish. That's why I use Debian on the
> desktop. I use Ubuntu on the laptop with the problematic hardware,
> however.

That's _exactly_ the Debian problem.  The "right" way is a matter of
opinion.  While Webmin modules often have problems, the problem is not
_webmin_ - it's the individual modules.  Personally (and list members
should by now be getting tired of hearing me say this) I believe that GUI
admin tools are _always_ the right way to do configuration, and this is
pretty much anathema to many of the hardline debian geeks.  Configuration
should always be possible through a question/answer system, rather than
hand-editing, because even the most experienced users make mistakes when
hand-editing, while a GUI tool should always prevent syntactic errors.

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