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

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Tue May 20 00:43:18 UTC 2008

Dotan Cohen wrote:

> 2008/5/19 Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca>:
>> 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.
> I very much disagree with you on this one. Configuration should be
> unambiguous and easy to edit. What kind of GUI config would you use
> when you ssh into your server? Even on my desktop, I try to use the
> cli for configuration as much as possible. Other than kcontrol, I
> haven't used a gui configuration tool since at least Ubuntu 7.04.

Well, it doesn't strictly need to be GUI, but it has to be a question/answer
interface - anything that requires you to hand edit is a disaster waiting
to happen (particularly if it's something like SSH where a misconfiguration
guarantees you're locked out of your system until you can get physical

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