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Re: Current state of config tools and graphical installer issue

On Mon, 23 Feb 2004 12:12:17 +0100, C. Gatzemeier <c.gatzemeier@tu-bs.de> wrote:

Am Montag, 23. Februar 2004 05:50 schrieb Matthew A. Nicholson:
On Sat, 21 Feb 2004 23:23:05 +0100, C. Gatzemeier <c.gatzemeier@tu-bs.de>

Well I don't see a normal desktop user using this, but it would be useful
for sysadmins.

IIRC there are no sysadmins on a regular desktop system. The user is the

Exactly. The user does not want to be a sys admin, they just want to use their comp. They don't want to be bombarded with options they want sensible defaults that work. That is the reasoning behind GNOME's lack of config (without gconf). For people like you and I this is great, but the average user just won't find it as useful.

Avererage/New comp user:
What is a samba
   What is a share
   What is a uid
Hmm... What is this cups thing for
   Hey how do I turn off this server, my computer is a desktop...

It's not that the average user is stupid, they are just not familiar with certain things about computers. Why make them learn new things when we could do it for them?

 Don't see how this relates to debian-desktop though...
Please try to understand CFGs concepts to see the many benefits for Desktop
Systems. The foundation for good Desktop solutions are good GNU/Linux

I like the idea behind CFG, it's just not very average desktop user firendly. Something like this a little more centered around the desktop would be great. Maybe even CFG could be used as a base, or adapted more for desktop use. GNOME and KDE both have their own config tools already, and I know they are only for that DE, but that is all that is needed. If we don't like them, then we can rewrite some of the modules.

Matthew A. Nicholson

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