Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 22:40 UTC
X11, Window Managers John Goerzen, Debian/GNU Linux developer, transitions his kids from bash to xmonad: "I'd been debating how to introduce GUIs for a very long time. It has not escaped my attention that children that used Commodores or TRS-80s or DOS knew a lot more about how their computers worked, on average, than those of the same age that use Windows or MacOS. I didn't want our boys to skip an entire phase of learning how their technology works." I decided long ago that my kids - if I ever have them, I'm undecided and way too young - will learn computing the way I learned it: with a CLI. I never realised an xmonad setup would form a good transition phase into GUIs.
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by stabbyjones on Thu 21st Jun 2012 23:18 UTC
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I've been reading these blog posts when they come up and I find it really interesting because that's what I intend to do with my kids. (when they exist.)

Teaching the basics is something that I think is pretty important. Knowing how to type and understanding how to get the things you want before starting school will put them ahead of any tablet kid in the class.

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