"Instead of learning how to run an Xbox, he's learned how to run bash. I like that."
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- good to see the future generation will know the command line :-) another good ratless window manager is stumpwm its very nice . xmonad is nice too .Jan 9, 2013
- this is awesome. comand line its essential in every aspect of the IT world.. so please people.. dont be silly..
Its like not knowing how to use a screwdriver.. i mean.. now you can use drills to unscrew thins, and robots do that on manufacturing plants... Come on, you always need to know the basics..
BTW, im so doing that when my time to be a father comes.. :DJan 9, 2013
- add onto that the added overhead of running a GUI adds to the cost. At least 1GB of ram extra per box really adds up. Most of our development boxes run 1-2GB, we would have to double it for X Window. Jan 9, 2013
- I think this is great for many reason. Yes, the command line with be with us for a long time, but even if it weren't this would still be relevant, even as a parenting tool.
It teaches children the concept that there are commands that load programs. To the modern child, you just click and something happens, but with the command line, you get a better feel for what that click really does. If they are interested later, they can be shown scripting to expand that knowledge. As they are introduced to the GUI, they can be shown how icons really only run the commands they have been typing. Even if they work a tech job, the lessons they learn about troubleshooting and critical thinking will be invaluable.
However, I like it for another reason. The father is getting his children interested in the things he does and building that relationship. It changes the mentality from "Daddy's doing his tech stuff again" to "Daddy's working on the command line, and I can learn that too!"Jan 9, 2013
- I remember the days of C:> and file names that were 8 characters plus 3.
Remember how rarely those computers crashed?Jan 9, 2013
- I agree with most of the posts here. I'm a child of the 80's and owned an Amstrad CPC-464 so from the moment the machine was turned on, everything was command line based - fast forward thirty years and I laugh (well, mostly cry) when I watch people buy shareware to do a task which can be done in 30 seconds using the command line. Lots of people don't use it, because they don't know it exists.Jan 11, 2013