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O'ReillyNet: The ROCK Linux Philosophy

Apr 28, 2001, 23:18 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clifford Wolf)

"Unix/Linux is becoming more and more popular to the masses. The mainstream distributions are becoming increasingly user-friendly. But what does user-friendly really mean? In my opinion, it means that an end-user does not need an administrator to do basic administrative tasks."

"That is a big improvement if you happen to be such an end-user. But it does not help you much if you are an administrator. In most cases an administrator spends a lot of time disabling all the user-friendly functionality of modern distributions. So I thought we also needed an admin-friendly distribution."

"ROCK Linux aims to be admin-friendly. There is no YaST, Linuxconf, or Control-Panel. Configuration is done where it has to be done: in the config files. A configuration tool has to help an administrator -- not replace him (I don't think that it's possible to replace an administrator with a config tool.)."

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