[geeks] I love it when software gets more efficient
bill.kirkland at gmail.com
Thu Sep 14 02:44:38 CDT 2006
On Sep 13, 2006, at 16:34, geeks-request at sunhelp.org wrote:
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> Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 19:08:11 -0400
> From: Charles Shannon Hendrix <shannon at widomaker.com>
> Subject: Re: [geeks] I love it when software gets more efficient
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> Wed, 13 Sep 2006 @ 10:39 -0700, William Kirkland said:
>> My point is that the capability exists in a unix environment (non-
> ...and my point was that the capability does not exist in all cases
> where an application frequently modifies the file.
>>> This kind of thing really needs a standard.
>> The standard needs to be placed on the applications, not the OS. You
>> will not be able to address the issue any other way. The unix world
>> has provided the recommendation that the configuration files should
>> be human readable text files
> Two potential tasks:
> - convince a small number of OS developers to provide a standard
> configuration foundation
Application developers have used alternate methods, so that the tools
provided by the OS are typically ignored. ... why would an OS vender
wish to pursue this further?
> - convincer literally hundreds of thousands of application developers
> to provice a standard configuration foundation
> You might be right technically, but ask yourself which is more
> likely to
> Now, you *might* do it from the application POV if you convince really
> large projects like Gnome and KDE to adopt it.
> Then again, take a good look at them, their redundant and conflicting
> configuration, and the fact that they are both participating in the
> standard, or are supposed to be (freedesktop.org).
>> The user's will only complain to the application developers, who
>> would then modify their code to allow the user to override the SA's
> Most users won't even know it is happening.
> Application developer might well change code to suit users, but the
> admin can simply remove them if they want.
... and one user will defeat this by installing a private copy of
some software, that has a specific behavior you have removed, then
show his buddies ...
> If the source is open, admins will get together and remove changes
> In fact, that already happens now, and I'm one of them.
Good, then open source looks like the most viable solution.
> shannon "AT" widomaker.com -- [javalin: an unwieldy programming
> weapon used
> to stab a software project through the heart until dead]
Bill.Kirkland at gmail.com
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