Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2012 23:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The last few weeks there's been a considerable amount of chatter on the web about whether or not a news website, blog, or some hybrid thereof, needs comments. Since we are working on the next version of OSNews, which means I've been thinking about things like this a lot, I figured I'd pen down my thoughts on comments.
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RE: Trololol
by lfeagan on Wed 11th Jan 2012 20:03 UTC in reply to "Trololol"
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Too much choice can be bad (overwhelming). But too little choice is even harder to solve. I recently picked up an Apple Airport Extreme while on a two week visit with relatives as their wireless sucked. I got better signal from the neighbor across the street's unsecured AP. But after coming from SonicOS and OpenWRT, I found the lack of settings for the Airport rather stifling. Apple included just barely enough to be sufficient. While this was fine for my ad-hoc needs, it would not have been acceptable to me on my own networks.

Similarly, a friend that used and liked Gnome for many years recently upgraded to current and found that desirable configuration capabilities were no longer present. This led him to try KDE4 after I had been pushing him on using it for years. The Gnome leadership seems to share Apple's "There is one and only one right (reasonable) way of doing things." While trying to find the best way to do things in the simple/wizard mode is good and noble, there should also be an "advanced" escape hatch. I find TinkerTool invaluable when on OS X.

Edited 2012-01-11 20:05 UTC

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RE[2]: Trololol
by Neolander on Wed 11th Jan 2012 20:11 in reply to "RE: Trololol"
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I couldn't agree more with what you said in this post.

To defend Apple's approach of minimal GUI settings tools, though, it can be seen as a way to focus on the features that matter most, and leave more obscure settings to CLI tinkerers and community-baked tweaking tools.

This approach can even work quite well as long as the community has the right to code whatever it wants, such as this TinkerTool soft which you mention.

However, I don't think it will continue to work well indefinitely when hardware and software begin to be tightly controlled to the point of privacy invasion and censorship, which seems to be Apple's current idea of a perfect computing platform.

Edited 2012-01-11 20:14 UTC

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