On Mon, 2013-03-18 at 16:56 +0900, michael noble wrote:
To be fair, you can start what ever DE you want, without even using a
login manager and a GUI providing _all_ possibilities is would be more
confusing than editing a configuration file. If you won't setup a Linux
yourself, than you can chose a distro that does provide what you need by
default. So it's an issue caused by Xubuntu ;). Not really! When they
use a login manager it has got the advantage that a noob is able to
install any additional DE and than to chose what DE the noob would like
to run for a session.
What I don't like is that many useful configuration files nowadays are
split into tons of configuration files and that there often are commands
and GUIs that make it much more complicated, than reading a good Wiki
and editing a configuration file directly. What I don't like is, that we
have got a tendency to make things that were handled by scripts in the
past, now becoming one big binary blob.
Other OS have advantages and drawbacks, it's ok if we take a look to the
advantages and if we copy those ideas, but it would be strange, if we
make Linux a replacement for Windows. Nowadays Windows by default comes
with a password login too and most users keep it as it is. They perhaps
aren't aware that this might be an option that perhaps could be disabled
by a GUI.
Maybe openSUSE does still provide a super-GUI to handle all kind of
configuration. In the past YaST could be used even to edit fstab, it was
much more complicated to do it by the GUI, than doing it using an
editor, but if people prefer to have it this way, than they need to
chose the right distro. It's not easy to find the distro that fits best
to individual needs.
But Linux is Linux. I've got a lot of critic against some Linux things,
but the issue mentioned here IMO isn't an issue, but an advantage.
How far should we go? Should we help the user by "paternalism". iPad
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