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| Where’s the FUD? For years, Windows zealots have denounced Linux for being
| arcane, hard-to-use, and backward. Heavy reliance on the CLI for
| administration was cited as a failure to progress (through obstinacy,
| ignorance or both). Now, it appears that Microsoft is admitting that a
| powerful shell is indeed useful, forcing its fanboys to dine on crow tartare.



SWM, Shell User, Seeks Soul Mate for GUI-Free LTR

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| "There is a sad truth to the world today," wrote the anonymous poster of the
| ad. "I am part of a dying breed of people known as 'shell users.' We are an
| old-fashioned bunch, preferring the warm glow of a green screen full of text *
| over the cold blockiness of a graphical interface.... The whole 'Microsoft
| Windows' fad will fade away sooner or later, but in the interim, our kind is
| facing extinction. * *


When will we hear the end of computer quacks?

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| So why beat the dead skunk again? Check it out: Don Norman discovered
| command line interfaces! And he's about to take his discovery to the
| press! Yes, he thinks this is an original discovery all his own.
| [...]
| I can't wait until Microsoft invents apt-get so he can fawn over it next...


Geek to Live: The command line comeback

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| The advent of the Graphical User Interface (GUI) forever
| revolutionized personal computing. A windowed system with point
| and click icons made computers usable for anyone who couldn't deal
| with a black screen and a prompt waiting for arcane textual commands.
| But in recent years, this enormous interface change is coming full
| circle. Amongst power users - and more and more, regular Joe's - the
| command line is making a comeback in modern web and desktop
| applications.


Who needs the command line? (Well, actually, we all do)

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| "We'll always have Paris", Humphrey Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman
| in the iconic climax of Casablanca - and we will always have the
| command line. Here's looking at you kid!


Death of the command line

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| It's hard for me to imagine using an OS without a strong command line.
| Even Microsoft has recognized the for that with their Monad Shell
| (though they are at least temporarily removing that from Vista). Linux
| of course has its Bash shell, Mac OS X has Terminal (which now defaults
| to Bash) - everybody knows you need a shell.

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