Re: And what about using "Brain"
> As it is, Linux needs to be made
> easier, even for the
> "experts." I think the author
> of the above article missed the boat,
> bigtime. It's not the *format* of the
> configuration files that a problem.
> Okay, well, it is, but not THE problem.
> THE problem is that configuration files
> (and, well, if you think about it,
> APPLICATION files are strewn all over
> the damned disk seemingly without any
> rhyme or reason.
That's the thing I changed to Debian after 8 weeks of Linux in '97. Everything to configure is in /etc. You can just take a look there to explore the possibilities. Everything is so clean organized, that you can guess where binaries or shared or changing data is placed.
Because of the FHS this should be no problem with other distributions today, too.
And, personally, I like the (half a dozen) Un*x style(s) of configuration (with the exception of sendmail). Good documentation and examples even inside the Files. The biggest problem is to become familar with emacs or vi.
Windows is a mess to configure, IMHO. You know that something must be somewhere. And you click and click through the GUI 'til you drop ("regedit.exe" is another thing, I wouldn't name it a GUI. It's the worst of both worlds - and nothing for newbies, even if you have 17-year-experience on different other systems.). Than you have found something that could be the thing, but you're not sure, what the hell this... MS names things different than anybody else. So type "F1"... "with this button you can change the state between 'on' and 'off'".... I thought so before....
Or you know where it is, but you have to right click here, pull down there, type in otherwhere, lose your old config totally instead of copy-paste-and-#-the-old-one, maybe reboot.
Personally, I prefer C-r \n and being at the old place of a saved session.
But than is MHO.