[mythtv-users] FW: Help understand the interface of Myth Media & Video Gallery

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Fri Feb 4 21:11:22 UTC 2011

On Fri, Feb 04, 2011 at 09:22:43AM -0800, Rob Smith wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 4:54 AM, Anthony Rooney <rooneyo at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> > I will learn and understand this product despite assholes like you because I
> > believe in the idea of Open Source Software and can work my way through all
> > the design deficiencies and be well placed to help others.  I believe Open
> > Source  can leverage on some of the methodologies that were successful for
> > inferior commercial software without compromising the core advantages of the
> > Linux architecture.  I already have Myth working quite well despite all the
> > issues of poor UI and terrible documentation however I make no apologies
> > from being frustrated for no other reason than I can envisage what it could
> > be without dickheads who want to keep it unusable except for a few elites.
> > The whole idea of feedback is to seek to stimulate improvement.
> >
> > Open source can learn a lot from things that Microsoft and Apple did
> > successfully without compromising what is good about Unix unless they allow
> > themselves to be dominated those intent on keeping it limited to exclusive
> > fundamentalists.
> >
> > One day there might be a version of Unix that can be fully administered via
> > a well designed GUI without the need to use a character based TERMINAL .
> >
> > How about that for a design goal?

    That's probably already the case now but you've got too many old school
Unix types lurking about here. Those tools probably exist these days but most
of us just keep on using what's worked in the past.

    I am not convinced that the available documentation is not present to point
you to such tools. I don't think you ever bothered to look. Although it helps 
to understand where the OS ends and where the application begins. Apple and 
Microsoft aren't really going to help you in that regard.

    Part of this also has to do with the fact that there is a strong traditional
distinction between the user and the system in Unix. Certain things aren't 
really meant to be a quick and easy to shoot yourself in the foot. That's why 
file ownership can be a hangup. No user besides root gets to run amok.


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