unixconfig.sourceforge.net and mailing list now open
some of the comments are very interesting. i really appreciate all the ideas flying around here.
we've created an ongoing web site and mailing list for people to continue discussing, organising, and hopefully in the end coding. it's at unixconfig.sourceforge.net (http://unixconfig.sourceforge.net).
meanwhile here's another link to the permanent home for this article (http://www.cat.org.au/maffew/cat/unix-config.html). this is where i'm making revisions and adding links.
I know the story is only 50 minutes old, but I've made some revisions (http://www.cat.org.au/maffew/cat/unix-config.html) already, which I think make it a little clearer what I'm getting at.