FOSS Fridays | The Power of Command Line Compels You?

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No matter how much we love to have GUI (Graphical User Interface) and cool eye-candy effects available in Linux, the actual usability of most of the GUI available in most Linux distros is null.

We have the cube desktop and the cool compiz effects to rotate the desktop, add gears inside the cube, paint fire on desktop, menus effects, water ripple effects and all that we absolutely do not need. Though, once we require a simple hack for software or application or a simple job to be done, it all boils down to the same old command line. Write some scripts, change permissions, compile and run with some parameters and what not!

Not only that, in this process, at times, you reach a stage where you have upgraded a few of your package which were dependencies for some other packages and made things worse. Finally, your installation is going nuts and you are set to reinstall or do a heavy patchwork.

This is the exact picture we need to change! Love it or hate it, by now, in the year 2010, everyone hates the command line.

Isn’t the CLI (Command Line Interface) what we left behind years ago? Isn’t that what we have been trying to beautify by writing programs to add a front-end to our boring illegible command line applications? Isn’t that what makes Windows so much better, so dominant and so much the Operating System it is today?

It is time we shed this arrogant nature of being the privileged few, capable of handling the command line and work towards making a better OS for any Tom, Dick and Harry out there.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.