Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Mar 2006 22:24 UTC, submitted by Valour
General Development "There are several possible reasons why you might choose to use the command line interface as your desktop environment. For one thing, it uses less electricity, so you could maximize battery life on your laptop computer. Secondly, it forces you to think about your operating system and directory structure in a totally different way than a GUI does; this could greatly enhance your understanding of GNU/Linux and cause you to be more creative in your technological problem solving. And thirdly, everyone will think you're a supreme computer genius for ditching X11 for the CLI. People passing by your desk will think you're some kind of computer god. Who doesn't want that?"
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I know what you mean
by mkone on Fri 17th Mar 2006 10:40 UTC
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Soon after the Matrix came out, I would set my terminal background to green text on a black background, and start compiling a kernel whilst looking intently and the screen watching lines unintelligible by me go by. You would be amazed how many people though I knew what was actually going on.

But I have found numerous time that CLI is usually very useful, even though my knowledge of bash et al is limited.

Case in point. I am yet to find a more useful ftp client than ncftp on any platform.

My favourite tool on a network would be a toss up between wget and gnu screen. in fact, together, these made quite a formidable combination. Can you say integrated download manager.

Cli can be very useful, but you do have to learn. but mostly, I have discovered you only need to learn enough to begin using it, and the rest will come rather naturally.

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