Subject: Re: Summary of /etc/rc*
To: None <ilixi@Tezcat.Com>
From: Karl Ivar Dahl <>
List: amiga
Date: 09/13/1994 09:09:49
I have been following this thread for some time now, and
feel I must express my views.

First of all, I am no expert at all on the area, and that is
my main reason for replying.

If I have understood the "inits" of L. Todd Masco correctly,
he proposes a rc setup that can (remotely) be compared
to the Amiga's startup-sequence and user-startup.

Well, nobody can say splitting the startup-sequence in two
was a bad idea??
I am going to install Unix at home to allow me do some
schoolwork. I do not have the time to become an expert.
Therefore, the separation of programs and system scripts
sound an excellent idea to me. That way, I can update my init
scripts without having to know what I am doing :) I can even
uninstall programs by deleting their corresponding scripts.

What I am saying here, is that new users can copy the setup
of a friend, or edit a given line-number, without
understanding the rest.

I do not know hox Linux does it, but I do know many Linux users
that don't have the faintest idea how the system works. Linux
has somehow appealed to a broad userbase, and that is its
real strength. I feel that is the way to go for NetBSD too.

Those that complain about this new setup seem to be 
perfectly able to edit their own rc, so what's the problem??

You could always go on and say that NetBSD if a research project,
and never meant for newbies. You do that, and I will wait
for Linux. And I don't think I'm the only one.

Call me a religious newbie or whatever, (apparently the new in-word :^)

Karl Ivar Dahl