"Long ago, I lost any queasiness about the command line. I'm not
one of those who think it's the only way to interact with their
computers, but it's a rare day that I don't use it three or four
times on my GNU/Linux system. No big deal--it's just the easiest
way to do some administration tasks. Yet I'm very much aware that
my nonchalance is a minority reaction. To average users, the
suggestion that they use the command line--or the shell, or the
terminal, or whatever else you want to call it is only slightly
less welcome than the suggestion that they go out and deliberately
contract AIDS. It's a reaction that seems compounded of equal parts
fear of the unknown, poor previous experiences, a terror of the
arcane, and a wish for instant gratification..."
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