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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I get what you are saying, but I've seen so many GUI users with multiple years of experience who are almost uncomfortable controlling the computer by keyboard. Things like clipboard interaction and switching windows are always faster on the keyboard, yet many GUI users tend to have never gotten used to keyboard skills because they didn't have to. I've even observed some of my programming peers overly rely on inefficient mouse clicking, and when I mention it they say it doesn't occur to them to use the keyboard.

The same could be said for CLI itself, people who learn GUI interfaces first may never bother learning CLI and they might never come to appreciate how CLI is usually superior for batch operations.

aside: why didn't you choose commanddotcom?

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