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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Things like clipboard interaction and switching windows are always faster on the keyboard

Don't just say it like that, likely because you perceive it as such (while - what tells you so? Could it be the very same thing doing the interaction? Our brains are very powerful - self-deception is a trivial trick for them, for example & go through a list of cognitive biases), without some evidence or research... like

And sure, "many" people are seemingly deficient and ignoring some existing good aspects of text UI ...but that doesn't mean anything, such cases are mostly a result of computers being finally (barely) accessible to them in the first place. With CLI, they just wouldn't be there.

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