Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio

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From: Rob <lau@...>
To: linux-audio-user <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 1:09 pm

On 02/22/2013 03:47 AM, david wrote:

What makes something an "expert" piece of software is simply that it's not
aimed at the layman. vi, emacs and dwm were meant for software developers
and system administrators to use. And a musician who's also one of those
things will probably be able to figure out those programs. A musician who
isn't should probably use leafpad or something like that. Anything more
involved and they're not going to be able to figure out how to turn on
syntax highlighting, regular expression search and replace, autocompletion,
etc. anyway.

Text editing isn't rocket science, but when vi and emacs were originally
written, it was computer science. Since then it's just been 30-40 years of
iteration to make them more capable without much thought to whether someone
accustomed to Windows Notepad could use them. I've used both for about 25
years, and have no use for the (to me ill-advised) menu extensions that
don't really help noobs use them while taking up space on my screen that
could be used for one or two more lines of code.

For those poor laymen who have to edit files from the command line, we have
nano now. I still get questions from people who allegedly have degrees in
my field about functions that are prominently displayed in its little menu
at the bottom of the screen. Instead of reading the screen, they've been
trained to look for File/Save.

Software meant for the layman but that's difficult to use, on the other
hand, is just poorly-written software. (Expert software can be bad too,
but usually that doesn't last 30 years.)

Rob

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[LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Len Ovens, (Wed Feb 20, 7:37 am)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Carlos sanchiavedraz, (Wed Feb 20, 5:06 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Raffaele Morelli, (Wed Feb 20, 7:45 am)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Carlos sanchiavedraz, (Wed Feb 20, 5:06 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, William Light, (Wed Feb 20, 12:59 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Raffaele Morelli, (Wed Feb 20, 1:56 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, William Light, (Thu Feb 21, 11:47 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Ralf Mardorf, (Fri Feb 22, 8:48 am)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Dave Phillips, (Fri Feb 22, 12:50 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Ralf Mardorf, (Fri Feb 22, 1:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Ralf Mardorf, (Sat Feb 23, 12:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Rob, (Fri Feb 22, 1:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Ralf Mardorf, (Fri Feb 22, 1:23 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Joe Hartley, (Fri Feb 22, 12:37 am)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Ralf Mardorf, (Wed Feb 20, 1:36 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky, (Fri Feb 22, 1:06 am)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Raffaele Morelli, (Wed Feb 20, 2:13 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Ralf Mardorf, (Wed Feb 20, 2:32 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Raffaele Morelli, (Wed Feb 20, 2:36 pm)
Re: [LAU] light weight, full featured desktop for audio, Ralf Mardorf, (Wed Feb 20, 3:09 pm)