[Mailman-Users] Re: Newbie requesting basic how-to

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Fri Sep 24 03:24:15 CEST 2004

At 10:39 AM -0500 2004-09-23, Jon Roland wrote:

>  In production mode, where the machine is serving visitors from the
>  Internet, no, but for development and learning how to set one up, a
>  lot of people have to make use of more limited hardware. Not all of
>  us have the luxury of being able to develop on, or learn on,
>  production machines.

	Which is fine.  But don't expect to run a GUI on such an ancient 
machine.  Use them in text mode only, and you're fine.  But a GUI 
would kill them faster than anything else you could possibly do.

	And don't expect us to create a nice little GUI for you, which we 
would then have to port to all the various platforms we support.

	We leave the GUI stuff to the people who develop the package 
versions of programs like Mailman, because at least they've got a 
single stable target platform, and they've got the best chance of 
being able to make something like that work in a way that will be 
consistent across applications for their userbase.

	Anybody who needs that much hand-holding would be very poorly 
served by trying to use a GUI that was created by anyone else.

Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>

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