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GNOME Terminal – Command Summary [Mockup]

[ Thanks to
Jacob Barkdull
for this link. ]

“So we all know that users who are new to the
command-line find it intimidating, no matter what operating system,
they just find it intimidating. These users are the kind of people
who never used early Unix or MS-DOS, they were introduced to
computers with graphics and point-and-click interfaces.

“And I’ve been wondering: What’s so intimidating? I know for a
fact that some people know what the command-line is, they know its
power, a simple mix-up of the ‘dd’ command’s ‘if’ and ‘of’ options
and your drive is broken, and that alone is intimidating enough to
avoid it. More so than that is its complete lack of positive
reassurance, there aren’t many options, and there is little to no
feedback.

“I am talking about most default graphical command-line
interfaces here. In Windows “cmd.exe” doesn’t have very many
options, and in GNOME on GNU+Linux “gnome-terminal” has more
options, but just for things like font size, font color, window
title, background color, number of lines, and compatibility. And
that’s good, keep it simple, it’s a command-line interface, I need
it to start fast and do one thing, display command output.”


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