Linux is not about choice [was Re: Fedora too cutting edge?]

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Thu Jan 10 19:57:48 UTC 2008

Arthur Pemberton wrote:

>>>> Hell no. We are in badly need of this crap just working out of the box.
>>> And how do you know automatically that one of my USB-to-RS232 adapters
>>> is my UPS (should be /dev/ups), one is my GPS (/dev/gps0), and one is a
>>> cell phone (/dev/modem)?
>> Either we look at the USB device it's hanging off (vendor, product or
>> class id's), the driver or we provide a simple interface in
>> gnome-device-manager or similar (including command line apps) to set it.
> You're wierd dude, this essentially the same thing I suggested and you
> discouraged.

The system can't possibly work with multiple choices unless you have an 
interface to let a human configure which is which.  Now the kicker is 
that most of my machines are in remote locations with swappable drives 
and I expect to be able to ship a pre-configured drive built locally and 
have someone pop it in a known controller position and have it come up 
working - and to be able to copy images that will work across a number 
of identical machines without individual attention other than setting 
the hostname and IP addresses.

    Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at

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