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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zima
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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 http://news-service.stanford.edu/pr/2008/pr-wine-011608.html & go through a list of cognitive biases), without some evidence or research... like http://plan9.bell-labs.com/wiki/plan9/Mouse_vs._keyboard/index.html


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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