Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jan 2004 08:19 UTC
Xandros 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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re: Xandros!=OpenSource
by enloop on Sun 18th Jan 2004 23:13 UTC

You ask: What's wrong with scripts?

Nothing is wrong with scripts. But, correct use of configuration scripts requires, at a minimum, (1) an ability to use a text editor; (2) knowledge of which script to edit and its location; (3) knowledge of the shell or scripting language in which the script is written; (4) enough knowledge of the tool begin scripted to correctly edit the script.

It is not logical to expect a typical user who simply wishes to place his Xandros machine on a Windows network, or to use a Windows machine as a file or print server, to have any motivation to go through the rather extensive learning process necessary to meet those requirements. From this user's point of view, computers (meaning: developers) are supposed to make that kind of thing easy to do. If an OS fails to meet his requirements, he will most likely stay with the one that does: Windows.

(In the case of someone like myself, who knows full well how to configure machines with scripts, I don't want to these days. Configuring something like Samba my hand is about as interesting as mowing the lawn. If I'm not being paid to do it, I'm not gonna do it.)

Your assertions about Xandros' alleged failure to "give back" to the open source community (apparently based on your unquestioning acceptance of the unsourced and emotional Distrowatch piece you site) have been challenged and contradicted elsewhere. Besides, the GPL does not require Xandros to follow anyone's example of putting kernel coders on the payroll.