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Re: RFC: GUI tools for common Debian admin tasks

Jules Bean wrote :
> On Tue, Sep 05, 2000 at 06:24:28PM +0200, Frederic Peters wrote:
> > So I drew the conclusion that what Debian needs for those users is simple
> > GUI tools. [some will respond here with "we don't want those users" and I
> > won't agree. This flamewar already happened. GUI tools doesn't mean you
> > have to use them. blah blah blah.]
> Warning: this is anecdotal.  It's not a powerful logical argument.
I don't need stinky logical argument :)

> Beware.  GUI admin tools are often written badly, they often fail to take
> into account every possible configuration and break strangely when
> invoked with a configuration they don't understand.  They often have
> bugs, they often fail to give reliable or sensible error or status
> messages.  In short, they often make the OS appear worse than it is:
> Redhat has a family of Tk GUI tools which, sometimes, exemplify this
> problem.
> Summary: If you write GUI admin tools, think very hard about how you
> will make them as robust and complete as the commandline ones.  It is
> not easy.

This is Debian. It will be done the right way.

I really believe it.

[I told you about logical arguments before...]

Frederic Peters <fpeters@swing.be>        « Le travail a été ce que l'homme
Debian GNU/Linux : http://www.debian.org     a trouvé de mieux pour ne rien
Gaby : http://gaby.netpedia.net              faire de sa vie. »  R. Vaneigem

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