On Sun, 28 Dec 2014, Alexandre wrote: > > > >> On Sunday 28 December 2014 11.51:22 Lisi Reisz wrote: >>> But I was making a serious point too. Sometimes the CLI is faster and more >>> efficient. Sometimes it is just different. But I will concede there are >>> times when the GUI is much safer. Here is a good example of what I mean: >>> something that is very fast and (too) easy on the CLI - and much safer on >>> the GUI! >>> >>> # rm -r /* >>> >>> Lisi >> >> Being a user of both - and having to help a lot of *basic* users (no harm >> meant, just a truth) the central point is "if you know the words". >> >> To use cli you need not only to know the words, but their sequence. Add to >> that that (often) you can get a lot done (including damage) without getting >> a warning... > Good point! >> >> I tend to prefer cli for what I know well how to do (partitioning is a good >> example) but GUI for what I don't master (stupidly, creating a symbolic link. >> I never remember the right sequence). >> >> What's stupid is that "modern" OS (Windows or MacOS) have labeled cli >> as "complicated" and "old fashioned", just as a verbose startup. Only those >> who understand how their system starts (which excludes most users of >> previously mentionned OSes) know how usefull all this verbosity is. >> >> Thierry >> > > Hi, > > What I'm trying to do is to help users by providing tips on tools that I am comfortable with and that I know how to use. Would you prefer that I give false tips for using tools that I am not comfortable with just to satisfy your taste for CLI Lisi? > > -Alexandre > not sure I understand the point of the question you are posing but I tend to think the issue raised in this digression is settled: (a) some generally prefer cli, some generally prefer gui. (b) cli has advantages for some purposes, gui has advantages for some purposes. at this level of generality not sure much more is to be said. (a) seems indisputable. there are totalitarians but most concede the general point about (b) but may disagree about where the advantages lie. but that gets into specifics. maybe also off-topic. F. -- Felmon Davis optimist, n: A bagpiper with a beeper.