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Re: Out of the box
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- From: Frank Terbeck <ft@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: Lloyd <foolswisdom@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Out of the box
- Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2015 19:31:00 +0100
- Cc: zsh-users@xxxxxxx
- In-reply-to: <CAOce==LEAA+wrsB-WimNKV9GT3wbwh+Wcq6+K988qY-YYqZWTg@mail.gmail.com> (Lloyd's message of "Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:16:19 -0800")
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> Happy new year! I was setting up a new apple computer recently and I
> was disappointed that zsh still comes completely unconfigured, ex
> defaults to no history.
Indeed, zsh's defaults are pretty bare bones unconfigured and that's
largely due to the wish not to break existing setups. Zsh does contain a
setup wizard, that should help with initial setup in case you don't have
a setup in ‘~/.zshrc’ upon the first invocation of the shell.
> It got me wondering if there are any Unix or Linux distributions that
> exceed expectations with zsh configured out of the box?
Personally, I think that vendors should not screw too much with the
default setup of a program system-wide; not even mentioning the large
blobs of configuration that newbie's don't have a chance to debug in
case something fails.
That's being said, I'm one of the guys who help with the zsh confi-
guration of the grml Linux live distribution, that you can find at:
It's a massive setup and I think for the use of a live installation,
that's fine. I still stand firm of the issue of handing large setups to
absolute beginners, for the reason I gave above.
In protocol design, perfection has been reached not when there is
nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
-- RFC 1925
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