Usage - Coders vs Writer

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Fri Apr 18 13:48:40 UTC 2008

2008/4/18 cherryfinals <cherryfinals at>:
> > On Friday, 18 April 2008 05:24:58 Chris Miller wrote:
>  "Then again, the more I learn how to use Linux, the more I find that
>  the mouse is just a tool to indicate which terminal session I want to
>  type into."
>  Here's something that needs to be considered:
>  There seems to be a common thread in the Linux community that tends to
>  keep it off the home/office desktop.
>  Now before I go further with this thought, let me say I've been working
>  with computers professionally since 1977. I've built kit systems and
>  wrote my original software in assembler. I've also fought in the
>  tech-support trenches and currently have a CISSP.
>  I retired my last XP system about four months ago and have been using
>  Kubuntu for all my home systems for more than a year.
>  The common thread I'm referring to, is how all the Linux coders keep
>  insisting that 'real computer people' have to use a command line.
>  Here's a clue... 90% of the business world wants to get work done and
>  are never going to take a massive step backwards to teaching people how
>  to use a terminal window.
>  If a GUI system fails, that is either a bug or a design flaw and it
>  needs to be fixed, not given a band-aid patch by telling some writer,
>  artist, clerk or executive to open a terminal window and type sudo.
>  Currently, I'm writing novels, creating artwork and doing audio/video
>  editing with my systems. If I have to stop what I'm doing to open a
>  terminal, that just ticks me off. In discussions with managers, office
>  workers and other writers, I find most of them feel the same way.
>  I've converted a few users to Linux, but our tribe still has a ways to
>  go to make it a seamless GUI environment.
>  This is just a few observations from an olde pharte that has outgrown
>  terminal windows. I know there are going to be more than a few flames
>  from the coders and YMMV.
>  Stan

You are right in what you say but i don't see what CLI has do with using
mouse or not? I use mouse all the time both in "pure" CLI and in xterm/Konsole.
If you can work with a program without using the mouse, CLI or GUI that's good.
Less stress in your joints in the arm and hand, and it's faster if you know the
short commands.

There is no right or wrong way, we all do it the way that suit us
best. But if you
know your way around all the Unix tools no GUI can beet that in speed and

/ Jonas

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