Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jan 2004 08:19 UTC
Oracle and SUN Some of the more experienced among the readers can surely configure CUPS with Samba by editing configuration files with closed eyes. This kind of exercise is useful and fun the first few times, but it can quickly become a mundane task if it has to repeated often. Wouldn't it be nice if we had a distribution that could do it near-automatically? In other words, wouldn't it be nice if we just used Xandros? And despite our natural resistance to use GUI for any kind of configuration, could we still love Xandros? Robert Storey investigates.
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I'm a little confused as to why easy configuration of Samba and CUPS is used as an example of Xandros's ease-of-use in the article synopsis when the reviewer doesn't mention it at all AFAICS. The nearest thing I could find is:

"At some point in the process, there were a few mundane questions about the root and user passwords, setting up a printer and such, but there is no reason to go into all that. A veteran of previous Linux installs should find the whole procedure boring at worst."

In fact, the last sentence of the above seems to suggest that Xandros is no better than other distros in this regard.

Setting up samba itself in stock Debian requires about 10 seconds of editing the default config file, and then one can add a samba printer via the CUPS web interface.

I'm also confused as to why, when "the Debian server [was] down for several weeks" the reviewer didn't just switch to a different mirror.