Subject: Re: How accurate is Metcalfe's law? (Was: Ximian software)
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 12:42:07 -0500 (EST)

Ian Lance Taylor writes:
 > (BTW, qmail is another system which uses configuration files based on
 > the program view rather than on the user view; for example, think
 > about the relationship between the control files rcpthosts, locals,
 > and virtualdomains.  Fortunately there is no equivalent security
 > problem.)

Dan Bernstein doesn't write user interfaces.  If you want a user
interface to his programs, you have to write one yourself.  The result 
of this is that his programs, since they don't have to accommodate
themselves to user requirements and all the complexity that entails,
are free of bugs.

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