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 AaronMiller on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 00:11 UTC
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I wish I had learned how to use computers this way. My earliest memory of using a computer was a DOS machine. My dad never told me how to input the commands, he always did it himself... But I remember playing snake from a floppy; always gobbling the numbers ('1', '2', etc).

After that, he upgraded to Windows ME (ugh...), while my mom upgraded to Windows XP. For a while I didn't even know what GNU/Linux was. My first exposure to it didn't go well. Many bugs on my rig. (Clock ticking twice as fast. Graphics not working. "Crazy text interface." etc.) My later exposures went well though.

Anyway, I would definitely teach my children computers this way, if I have any. Though, I'd also try to teach them how to program as well. In C. (Not sure how well that'll go, lol!)


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