Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Feb 2007 21:50 UTC
Linux "It seems as if a new Linux-based operating system is born every day, with each facing the challenge of justifying its existence in a field that's already rather crowded with mature Linux distributions boasting active user bases and organized bodies to back them. But one relatively young Linux distribution worth keeping an eye on is Foresight Linux, a desktop-oriented distribution that hit its 1.0 release milestone at the end of January. What sets Foresight apart from the rest of the fledgling distro pack is the software management framework on which its built."
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Web UI
by vtolkov on Tue 6th Feb 2007 04:17 UTC
vtolkov
Member since:
2006-07-26

This is what I would wish very much: Linux, which can be configured entirely using Web-UI. No terminal windows, no conf-file editing, no gnome/kde tools, just good and complete Web-UI. Writing CGI application could be even simpler, comparing with gnome/kde programming, so why nobody tried that?

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RE: Web UI
by fsckit on Tue 6th Feb 2007 04:38 in reply to "Web UI"
fsckit Member since:
2006-09-24

Err there have been. It's called Plesk/CPanel/Ensim and it absolutely sucks balls on a server. What makes you think that this would be a grand idea for a desktop/workstation?

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RE[2]: Web UI
by Pyro9219 on Tue 6th Feb 2007 04:49 in reply to "RE: Web UI"
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2007-02-05

This distro has web-based configuration...

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RE: Web UI
by butters on Tue 6th Feb 2007 07:22 in reply to "Web UI"
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

There's also Red Hat Network, Novell ZenWorks, and perhaps others. They aren't free (gratis), but they're pretty good at deploying, configuring, and updating Linux systems over a network.

Writing CGI or other less icky forms of web apps might be a little easier than using native toolkits, but not by very much (Qt Designer is getting pretty sweet). Also, most of the complexity of developing a configuration utility is in the backend. The best configuration utility for *nix I've ever used is SMIT (smitty) on AIX, which gained a nice web-based veneer a few years ago. There's a Linux port they made to support HACMP for Linux, but it's very much proprietary.

In the long run, I would like to see most system and application configuration files for Linux gradually replaced by XML files that can be parsed and edited in a standard way. Like a registry, but based on text files, the UNIX way (like gconf). Configurations are theoretically nothing more than a hierarchical arrangement of key/value pairs. User friendly configurations might be better represented by key/type/value triplets, where type specifies the kind of setting it is (boolean, integer, string, list of strings, finite options, etc.). You get the idea. Now somebody get started!

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RE[2]: Web UI
by vtolkov on Wed 7th Feb 2007 06:14 in reply to "RE: Web UI"
vtolkov Member since:
2006-07-26

In fact, XML is sucks. It is not a human-readable format and it has overcomplicated standard, which does not allow making light-weight parser. Registry provides atomicity, and DB integrity but all unix tools should dance around text files to be sure that they are locked properly and syntactically correct.

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