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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Rear view mirror.
by westlake on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 02:32 UTC
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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.


Sales of the TRS-80: 200,000 units.
Sales of the Apple II 5-6 million units.
Sales of the C-64: 12-17 million units.
1995 Sales of Windows 95: 40 million units.

It's easy to forget how small the user base was in the CLI era.

How few kids had access to these machines.

For example, adjusted for inflation, the 1977 Trash-80 cost $2100.

It wasn't command line operations that made the eight bit micro appealing to kids.

It was the MBASIC interpreter.

Magazines like Creative Computing and Compute. Books like "100 BASIC Computer Games."

Each month delivering to your doorstep a dozen or more easy-to-read and understand programs.

Ready-to-Run.

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