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

Florian Diesch diesch at spamfence.net
Tue May 20 14:25:50 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca> wrote:

> _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.

* GUI tools usually don't have things like search, replace, undo,..
  which makes them hard to work with except for very simple tasks.

* Most of them don't support saving and restoring so it's hard to go
  back to or compare with your old settings

* Often they don't support comments which IMHO makes them close to
  unusable if more than one person is modifying the config or configs
  are worked with over a long time

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