Why Can't Free Software GUIs be Empowering Instead of Limiting?
Feb 12, 2008, 02:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)
"It's one of the more popular culture wars in the free software
community: GUI versus CLI (graphics versus the command-line).
Programmers, by selection, inclination, and long experience,
understandably are attracted to textual interactions with the
computer, but the text interface was imposed originally by
technological limitations. The GUI was introduced as a reply to
those problems, but has undergone very little evolution from 1973
(when it was invented at Xerox PARC) to today. So why can't we do
better than either of these tired old systems...?"