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

Chris G 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).

Chris Green

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