[Haifux] The 10th tip?

Dave Roi davidroi at gmail.com
Sat Feb 7 05:11:51 MSK 2009

I strongly agree with Dotan here,
Every single task a Linux user (user, not administrator) or even a
programmer will ever want to do, he can do it using GUI alone.
I believe that the perception that every Linux user needs to know how to use
the command line if he wants to use Linux is an archaic perception that
doesn't fit in with todays modern world and the modern Linux distributions
available today.

We try to show them how modern Linux is and how pretty Compiz Fusion is, and
how KDE 4 is much prettier than windows
but then we open a big ugly black screen that looks like DOS and start
showing them all the l33t tricks we picked up in all the years we've been
using Linux.
I know using the command line is faster and easier and more powerful and
everything, I use it myself all the time, but for the windows user's point
of view, this is a total contradiction to the user friendliness we try so
hard to preach.
I know it's hard, but it's something I believe we must do if we ever want
the simple windows user to start using Linux.
I mean, look at the Technion. These are computer science majors we are
talking about, and we can't even convince them to use it! how will we ever
be able to convince the regular folks?

So please, pretty please, with a cherry on top, stick to GUI apps when you
teach a windows user how to use Linux.


On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 21:39, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2009/2/6 Yossi Gil <yossi.gil at gmail.com>:
> > Folks, I realize the document I made was not sent, since this list does
> not
> > take attachments.  Here it goes.
> >
> This document will only scare people away from Linux. Do not include
> the command line tips. It makes it appear that you have to know these
> commands in order to use Linux.
> --
> Dotan Cohen
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