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Re: SEUL: Ten proposals for a user friendly Linux (long).

On 29-May-97 Jeffrey S. Dutky wrote:
>jfm2@club-internet.fr wrote:
>> I see ten points of improvement.

<ten points snipped>

>I would like to add:
> 11) graphical administration apps

I think this is the most important point. What people fear most in Linux
is the administration. It's fairly easy to preconfigure the WM so that
it's easy to use, but IMHO we should make administration as easy as possible.

>Currently, in order to administer a LINUX installation you need to
>poke around in a bunch of different scripts and configuration files.
>This will be far to daunting to the end user. What we need is a set
>of administrative and configuration apps that put a graphical face
>on the administrative and configuration process. As examples I would
>point people to the administrative apps in NeXTstep or OPENSTEP.

Haven't seen those...

This is my opinion:
 - Do as much as possible automatically.
 - Have everything preconfigured to reasonable defaults, but offer the
   option to change things. With help.
 - If there's something that would be good for everyone to do, have it done by
   default. Especially when it comes to security; e.g. use shadow passwords,
   have PGP installed, have sshd running...

#include <funny_quote.h>
#define TO_GET_MY_PGP_PUBLIC_KEY "finger jsiren@rieska.oulu.fi"
#define EMAIL_ADDRESS "Juhana.Siren@oulu.fi"
#define HOME_PAGE "http://rieska.oulu.fi/~jsiren/"
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