[TAG] which distribution?
linx at brayra.com
Tue Mar 9 23:09:43 MSK 2004
On Mon March 08 2004 22:30, Dean A. Gransar wrote:
> I am greatly interested in installing Linux. I have set a aside a partition
OK, let's try to make sense of this spiraling discussion.
Base of Linux is command line. That's a given.
GUI is window dressing. Good for computer neophytes.
GUI is two main things. Installer and Post-Install Control Panels.
Most commercial and some non-commercial distros have good installers. At least
as good as Microsoft.
I'm more concerned about the post-install configuration.
Also, the place where KNOPPIX really shines is in the hardware auto-detection.
The beauty of that is the fact that the configurations scripts configure
themselves. The developers of linux would be wise to realize the reception
that KNOPPIX has garnered for solely that reason.
With as many eyes and different systems that we use linux on, someday it could
get even more intelligent about configuration. We all know that will not work
100% of the time. However if you didn't need to edit files OR use a gui
configuration tool 90% of the time. Then linux could win by being far
superior in configuration than Windows.
In conclusion, linux should aim towards not needing manual configuration at
all. Make it available, but limit the need. And, provide a gui whenever
possible to reach the widest possible audience.
Right now the closest is SUSE. KNOPPIX is a close second, but debian still
lacks a centrol configuration tool AFAIK.
Richard A. Bray
linux at brayra.com
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