Re: [linux-audio-user] A couple of questions

From: Christoph Eckert <ce@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Sun Apr 02 2006 - 23:00:30 EEST

Hi Lee,

> System->Preferences->Sound then select the USB audio device from the
> "Default sound card" menu

since I used SuSE and Mandrake, I dislike distro dependent configuration
tools. Creating distro independent configuration tools makes more users
benefit from the efforts, make them more versatile and user friendly.

Setting up a DSL connection in Mandrake 10 with DrakConf was a pain, and
as I used vi it was very simple. So I wonder if a distro independent
GUI pppoe config tool was a bad idea?

The same for configuring modems and other networking devices. I never
understood where I find the config files on different distros, so a
cool config tool which hides the underlaying system from the user is
not only convenient, it also collects the knowledge of various distro
architectures in its code.

A further problem is that some Distros change the defaults of software
packages. I remember the times I used SuSE. KDE often misbehaved. On
Gentoo, I almost get a plain KDE and many things I had to struggle with
on SuSE or Mandriva are gone.

alsaconf is a great helper application because it includes support for
various distros so many users have benefit from it instead only the
users of one distribution. I'd like to add a further argument: if we
leave system configuration to the packagers, we'll see two problems:

* In commercial distros, if a package is not as optimally preconfigured
as it could/should be, it is unlikely that it will be improved after
the release date

* Even in community driven projects we often see that packages that are
not optimally preconfigured don't get fixed for a long time, maybe
because the responsive packager has little time or even interest in
doing it

Please note that these points are not a personal complaint at all. I'm
very happy with my Gentoo box. But when it comes to "Jeo Average" I
think we can still improve the usability of current systems.

Best regards

Received on Mon Apr 3 00:15:06 2006

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