Nautilus PR3

Wednesday January 31st, 2001

Eli Goldberg writes in:
"Nautilus, the file manager for the upcoming GNOME 1.4 desktop on Linux, is now available for download in its third and final preview release.

Nautilus offers a glimpse of the Mozilla embedding we may see in the future: Nautilus users experience remote and local web content through Mozilla. Visit #nautilus on if you have any questions."

#16 Nope.

by cyd

Tuesday February 6th, 2001 1:22 PM

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Yes, it's easier to write a command line-driven program than one with a graphical user interface. But it doesn't follow that not adding a gui to a program is "laziness." Programming a gui adds an extra layer of complexity, and complexity spawns bugs. Would you rather have a program that works well or one that looks pretty but doesn't?

Obviously, there are some programs that it doesn't make sense to make a command-line interface for, such as a graphical web browser like Mozilla. But in many other cases, a gui is unneccessary and should *not* be added. If a gui is desired, it can be developed separately in the form of a wrapper. As far as I can tell, this approach works well.

I'm not arguing that graphical user interfaces are bad. I am, however, taking objection to the original poster's call to stop developing command line apps. The command line is not a poor man's gui. In the haste to adopt the good features of Windows - and there are many good features, I agree - we should not abandon the virtues of Unix.