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

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Tue May 20 19:53:25 UTC 2008

Dotan Cohen wrote:

> As Dilbert once said, that approach is more applicable to stone
> carving than programming. With VI at least I do a quick "U:w" (that's
> undo-save for for mousemaids) if I screw something up.

Mousmaids? How about just English readers?

>> Truth is, GUI vs CLI has no one answer. It's horses for courses. There
>> are times one is better/quicker/safer/whatever than the other. There
>> are times the opposite is true. It depends what you are trying to
>> achieve.
> That's why it is argued that the GUI approach should compliment the
> CLI approach, not replace it.

Sounds reasonable.

>> And trying to achieve 100% correctness, or 0% errors ? Need to replace
>> humans with robots. Then you get lumbered with hardware failure :)
>> And what if the robots go mad ?
>> [If you wonderful GUI tool trashes your config file, what do you do ?]
> Can you easily backup config files from the GUI? Somehow I doubt that you can.

Um...*can* you? Yes, if you're building the GUI interface. You can do it 
with a menu option or a button marked BACKUP or even an obscure menu 
option. If you didn't make the interface and it doesn't have that option 
then no.

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