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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RE: Rear view mirror.
by t0nZ on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 21:27 UTC in reply to "Rear view mirror. "
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No no it's not a valid count... Win 95 sales went straight to workers in offices, and the other 8 bit systems had good chances to land in houses with childrens.
Btw, I have two childrens 8 and 4 years and for my fun I helped this year teachers of the local primary school in teaching the so called "information tecnology".
So I can tell you some real truth:
1) adults without kids , when speaking of kids, are very funny...
2) ALL children of 6 in 2012 have seen a lot of GUIs, in TV sets, in consoles, in phones etc, and you can not deny you live in a world of (advanced?) GUIs to children, they aren't so stupid.
3) when back in the days I launched games with 'load "*",8,1' GUI was not so common, and I have really no alternatives.
4) I like me too the idea of initialize a geek kid now with a command line but I have realized is out of time, we in the eighties started with the edge of home computer tecnology, and our kids must start with today edge of tecnology; try to think of your dad in 1982 asking you to make a punch card !!!!!

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