[svlug] gui lilo..?
xtifr at dsp.net
Thu Oct 19 22:09:01 PDT 2000
On Thu, Oct 19, 2000 at 04:23:25PM -0700, Gareth J. Greenaway wrote:
> How is this lame? Why do things have to be complex to be useful?
Graphical programs are inherently *far* more complex than simple
command-line programs. Which is why they tend to be several orders of
magnitude larger and slower. And buggier and more insecure.
Other things being equal, simple is good; big, bloated and slow is bad.
A consistent and easy-to-use interface is Good Thing. However,
despite what many people believe, consistency is unrelated to
graphicalness. (X, for example, is quite graphical, but offers little
in the way of consistency.) The confusion betwen GUIs and "CUIs"
(consistent user interfaces) is a historical accident, not a law of
Grub is great, and should replace lilo ASAP. Therefore, a graphical
version of lilo is doubly lame -- lame once because the graphics are
useless, and lame twice because it's still lilo and not grub! :-)
Oh, and the penguin that appears at boot time on some systems is a
feature of the kernel, not the bootloader.
Chris Waters xtifr at dsp.net | I have a truly elegant proof of the
or xtifr at debian.org | above, but it is too long to fit into
| this .signature file.
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