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 zima on Thu 28th Jun 2012 23:17 UTC in reply to "Rear view mirror. "
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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.

Plus the yearly sales of OS don't nearly exhaust it - it's easier to pirate software than hardware; a practice quite widespread on home PCs in many places.

It's easy to forget how small the user base was in the CLI era.
How few kids had access to these machines.
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.

Don't forget to explicitly mention that those few had, on average, much more interest in computers - a relatively likely trait of somebody insisting on getting one in the times when they weren't very accessible (both price and ~UI wise)

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