Myth - You have to be comfortable on the command line to use Linux

Linux

We have all heard this one in one form or another. You have to use the console to use Linux. Linux is for command line junkies, etc.

While this used to be the case not so long ago, this simply is not the case anymore. Ok, semantically the last form is still true but we will come back to that. Today Linux is better on the desktop than Windows as far as the Desktop is concerned. You can do more in Linux with the Desktop than you can in Windows and it is more intuitive to boot.

This may not be true for all Linux Desktops, in Linux you have your choice of Desktops Managers with Gnome and KDE being the most popular. I find KDE to be more feature rich, intuitive and pleasing to use than Windows so I will make my argument with KDE, but there are a lot of Linux users that could make the same argument for Gnome or XFce or Enlightenment. For a list of Linux Window Managers and Desktops goto: http://xwinman.org/

Until Recently after installing Linux you had to configure a lot of stuff from the command line, but not anymore. Today most distros install and configure all of your hardware without a hitch.

What really gets me about this myth is that there is so much you can not do in Windows without hacking the registry. Pick up any PC magazine and it will be full of Windows registry hacks. Sometimes they even devote full issues to this topic, yet the same issue will say you have to know the command line to use Linux. Please!!!

Lets say you want to add a folder to your file open dialog in Windows. You can do it, but you have to hack the registry.
In KDE, you simply drag the folder you want to the list and bingo, or you can right click an empty space and select add entry. Right click on an item and select delete to remove it - Intuitive enough?
In KDE you can right click on any menu item in the program menu (start menu) and edit it or add items to the menu. Add items to a menu by working with the menu, that seems pretty intuitive.
In Windows you add items to hidden folders to edit the program menu.
In Windows if you want to change which programs automatically run when windows loads you have to run msconfig from the run menu or from the command line, and then you can check or uncheck the programs or services you want.
In KDE, you goto System Settings > Advanced > Service Manager. So here is a case where you have to use the command line in Windows but not in Linux.

I can give a lot more exmples, but the point here is that in Windows you can't do that much with the GUI. Without a third party tool like tweakui or other addons, you have to edit the registry to configure your system.
In KDE you can do most of this stuff with the GUI out of the box. Personally I would much prefer edit a config file than my Windows registry. Linux config files are humanly readable, and usually include help and recommendations in the comments but you don't have to do that anymore because you can do everything via the Desktop.

The reason that you often see linux users in a command line environment is because the Linux shell is very powerfull.
There are very powerful tools like grep, cvs, svn, diff, patch, vi, emacs, slocate, ssh, rsynch, scp, tar, gzip that are much more efficient on the command line than they are in a gui.
GUI interfaces exist for all of these things, but they are more clumbsy and slower to work with. In Windows unless you install CygWin the command line isn't nearly as powerful.
Here is a quick eaxmple. If I want to install a program in Linux I can:
A. Use a GUI tool like synaptic

  1. Click on the program icon
  2. wait for it to load
  3. click on search
  4. find the program in the list
  5. right click on it and mark it to install
  6. click apply on the toolbar to install the program

or B. From the command line

  1. type: sudo apt-get install program-name

That is much quicker and if you do not know the name of the program you want there is one extra step to search for it. Still both options are better than...
C. Windows Install

  1. Drive to the store
  2. purchase the program
  3. load the disk
  4. type in your registration number
  5. click register later when promted to register
  6. click install
  7. blindly accept the license agreement
  8. uncheck view readme and check run program now from the install finished screen (add icon to desktop is usually there too)
  9. click yes to check for and download new updates.
  10. wait for the program to load

What a pain, and you actually have to pay money for that experience. I will save the open source vs closed source arguments for another article though. Back to the main argument that Linux is a more user friendly desktop experience than windows.

Have you ever tried to delete a whole bunch of files in windows? To the point where the hour glass just spins and spins and then goes away? Did you give up or select less files and try again? Windows can't handle that many files in the GUI. I am not sure if this is a hardware thing like memory or not, but I do know that KDE handles the same tasks no problem because that is how I fix it.

In KDE I can create keyboard shortcuts for anything, change my keyboard layout to Devorak, set my Icons to be a miniature version of the contents and much more from the gui.
The built in file explorer / browser for KDE is named konqueror and it is leaps and bounds ahead of IE in both functionality and usability. I could write several articles on why Konqueror blows the doors off IE in fact here is one such article. http://www.regx.dgswa.com/html/?q=node/4 konqueror is one of the biggest reasons I stopped using Windows.

So let it be know that you do not have to use the command line to use Linux, but the command is highly recommended especially for command line junkies.


Comments
(Thanks to everyone who comments)

Valentine Day

Amezing i like this post Teddy Day Wishes


total box office collection

I read your article to learn a lot and hope to see your next article Jolly LLB 2 Box office collection


welcome

frozen

Simple yet informative. Thank you for sharing.
I'm admin at:

friv5 game free
friv 10 play more
friv4school three more time
kizi 100 game for child
yoob Baby Hazel Architect DressupBaby Hazel Architect Dressup
slither.io kizi Elsa Harley Quinn CosplayElsa Harley Quinn Cosplay
Click to link and play free 9999 best game: action game - frozen game - io game- racing game-Girl game - shoot game - Girl game - puzzle game ....


Snapchat for iPhone

good you squander your cash on this application for Snapchat for iPhone the FTC, so don't squander your time This way Snapchat for nice.


9Apps APK

good supplied the direct download link for those tools, which does 9Apps APK you an amazing individual experience.9Apps will certainly redirect to great.


nice site xender apk xender

payday loans costa-mesa

Actually you might be extremely fantastic. My partner and I examine the each write-up and you also drive me on a regular basis. We have been happy for your requirements and also constantly can feel privileged once I click here and also you will furthermore just click here payday loans costa-mesa Thank you once and for all performs.


rock

I adore your look connected with the web site presently, and in addition plugs many of the content by yourself internet site. Reservations


rock

Super-Duper site! I am Taking good care of that!! Take place a different, I am along with your one of a kind allow in addition, Kind regards. warehouse cleaner yeovil


This is my first visit on

This is my first visit on your website. Your article is elegantly composed and educational.
web development company in jaipur


Thanks for sharing the info,

Thanks for sharing the info, keep up the good work going.
top b tech colleges in india


We are such a great amount

We are such a great amount of glad to your administrations. Your website giving decent substance composing administrations.
Party Restaurants In Jaipur


Happy New Year 2017

New Year 2017 is just round the corner, and it is one of the most celebrated days of the year. You can checkout my blog New Year 2017 for all other latest updates.


cinemaboxapkz

Great Cinema Box HD is an outstanding application for all TELEVISION cinema box for pc Firstly, you will certainly should download and install Cinema box Apk declare iphone. nice.


Veterans Day Poems

Want to know about Veterans Day,which is a day to celebrate the great officers of the US army,just checkout my blog Veterans Day Poems and stay updated.


ROCK

My husband or wife and we all severely liked your exclusive publish. When i impediment regular with all the a number of difficulties created for awareness. ALL RIGHT, I am going to examination your exclusive referrals plus feel it will likewise support. http://brimmalife.com/


rock

I truly favorite evaluating your blog. The idea ended up perfectly composed and clear to find out. Contrary to additional web sites We have review which are definitely undesirable. used cars for sale uk


I've check which much of the

I've check which much of the time could convey just might conceivably Although i must help underwrite people a few basic challenges or it could be it might be elements. You might make not so distant future substance pieces discussing this sort of specifics. Chocolate Fountain Hire Herts


ROCK

Your web page shall end up being extraordinary absolute Least complicated want surely In regards to the present. The idea will then to get your own site definitely make-up whatever You may similarly. Sauna charlotte


Goods

rock

You will probably come to be providing a remarkable excellent, entirely fully gratifying & info. exceptional necessitates acquired in terms of providing! truck hire Colchester


Splendid living course of

Splendid living course of action lifts your site, with thanks a ton relating to getting a minute or two every last per-grown-up focus on close. Stunning truth you may have related to this specific, it is absolutely striking to see some kind of site that may requires a prevalent than typical course of action requires concerning specific skilled experts. ecommerce solutions


Assi

ms dhoni review

ms dhoni movie review and rating is given below...

http://moviebeat.in/ms-dhoni-review-rating

ms dhoni movie ibdm review
ms dhoni movie public review


ricj

The agency is generally accomplishing some sort of behavior various doing seek on the web identifying with substance pieces which regularly much of the time could bolster anybody. Right now unquestionably, there might be without a doubt radically to be acquainted with concerning this astonishing. I'm sure people figured great quality inconveniences within Work ures likewise. Keep up doing the occupation, congratulations! attendance device dubai


Thanks for providing us this

Thanks for providing us this great knowledge, i think i need this Billige Nike Sportssko Norge http://www.sportsnorge.com/nike-c-4.html . Keep it up.


good Obtaining friendly.ly

good Obtaining friendly.ly Friendly Video tutorial Loading Live.ly enthusiasts and close friends, and have got current connections. nice.


Great article Lot's of

Great article Lot's of information to Read...Great Man Keep Posting and update to People..Thanks! management software


Thanks for your good content!

I really enjoyed reading this interview with Kimberly---I have been admiring works from different artists using her wonderful beads. I would love to win the first bracelet and thanks for the www.skleprun.com


Nice Share

Thank you again for all the knowledge you distribute,Good post.
imo for android
imo for pc
imo free video calls and chat
imo beta app


edeq 4wrf

With Flickbay, show off your Bollywood gyaan flickbay. Be the expert on movies in every group. Flickbay is every Bollywood fan's dream app.
It hosts the world's widest database of Bollywood movies, from golden oldies to upcoming releases.

Discover everything Bollywood on Flickbay.
Explore movies by genre, actor, director or cast & crew


edeq 4wrf

With Flickbay, show off your Bollywood gyaan flickbay. Be the expert on movies in every group. Flickbay is every Bollywood fan's dream app.
It hosts the world's widest database of Bollywood movies, from golden oldies to upcoming releases.

Discover everything Bollywood on Flickbay.


Black Leather Jacket

Great inspirational article. I am really enjoy showing your post because its very unique information for me. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful post. Star Lord Jacket - Black Leather Jacket


I really love this blog, you

I really love this blog, you have written your content in a very professional and accurate manner. This is something that I really want to see once again. Many thanks for sharing. Red Hood Jacket - MoviesJacket.com


Hotmail Login Sign in –

Hotmail Login Sign in – How to Login to www.Hotmail.com Account


good applying Connect

good applying Connect Computer function without the have to have of any cable connection. Xender iPhone Download Download is normally heading to come to be incredibly Xender Free Download nice.


Nice Article

I was browsing through the Internet searching for remedy on HERPES and i saw comment of people talking about how Doctor Osas cured them. imo beta apk


free apps download here.

how to create hotmail account


showbox app download

showbox apk
showbox app download
showbox apk download

here is the link provided to download the showbox app


Post new comment

More information about formatting options