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Command Line (was Re: a dumb query? pls humor me)



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Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 03:01:48PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
>> On 02/21/07 14:29, Joe Hart wrote:
[snip]
>>> You have to understand that a whole generation has grown up without
>>> knowing what a prompt is, and for those people X is the operating
>>> system.  If they only knew the power of the CLI....
> 
> 
> I can't remember how I heard about it but this is cool:
> 
> http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=6282
> 
> 
>>> Be thankful that they even know what GNU/Linux is.
>> People should have to pass a competency test before being allowed to
>> use a computer.
> 
> isn't that what the console is?

Excellent essay.  Perhaps I will revert some day back to the black
screen.  I do feel more comfortable with the console than with the
gooey, because I can easily read a book that explains what command does
what and read the man pages for each command.  Having to remember where
to click on the other hand can become confusing, especially with the
changes that happen so quickly.

New features are added to commands, but rarely are they taken away
because the potential to break scripts is too great.  I am in the
process of learning vim.  I am weaning myself away from nano.

BTW, anyone know why the command visudo launches nano on Debian?  On
PCLOS  (which is supposedly one of the user friendly distros) it lauches
vi, like the name implies.

One of the reasons I like Debian (and most other GNU/Linux distributions
is the ability for the user to choose what is appropriate for them.  As
one's skill increases, the system can be adapted to suit.

Regards,

Joe
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