[OT] Debian mailinglists [was: RE: Debian or Ubuntu?]
cl at isbd.net
Wed May 21 15:26:44 UTC 2008
On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 10:07:48AM -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Chris G wrote:
> > On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 11:12:38AM -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
> >> Les Mikesell wrote:
> >>> And the best user interface is always no user interface whenever
> >>> it is possible for the machine to do it correctly by itself.
> >> I can't argue with that :-)
> > I can! The problem with the machine doing it correctly by itself is
> > that it almost inevitably has to make some default assumptions.
> > That's all very well if they're correct and it's all very lovely and
> > nice but the odd case when they're wrong can be infinitely frustrating.
> Yes, but this is the precise circumstance where you don't want a GUI
> with the same wrong assumptions trying to force them on you.
I see no basic difference between a GUI assuming something and a
CLI/editor configuration assuming something. Either can make a
(wrong) assumption, assume nothing at all and leave you to make the
setting yourself, or show you what it has assumed and allow you to
change it (this last is my preference).
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