[UFO Chicago] Re: Brian's Conversion from FreeBSD to Debian andQuestions on X

Brian Sobolak brian at planetshwoop.com
Wed May 10 08:07:48 PDT 2006

jordanb at hafd.org wrote:
> Brian Sobolak said:
>> jordanb at hafd.org wrote:
>>> Brian Sobolak said:
>>> It's true that some Linux distros come with clicky-licky admin tools
>>> that
>>> need a GUI and may be more familiar to a Windows user, but if you're
>>> trying to learn the "Unix" way of doing things then you should probably
>>> avoid using those tools and learn to do it properly (from the shell)
>>> anyway.
>> So, to pick an example, is it better to use a GUI tool to setup
>> networking
>> or figure out all the shit in the ifconfig man page?
>> Yes, I'm baiting you,
> Um. I've never, ever used a gui to set up networking. Are the ifconfig man
> pages poorly written? I can't recall reading them. I've used the route man
> page often though and found it to be useful. Ifconfig is a rather
> easy-to-use admin tool on the whole. Unless your network is really funky
> setting it up is a two-line process. If you want to be a smartass you
> should at least pick something that's difficult to do like setting up a
> non-postscript printer using gs and lprng.

Umm, it's easy if you've been using Debian for six years.  If you're
relatively new to the command line, I think it's non-trivial.



Brian Sobolak

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