Actually, a mix of both is usually better. Sometimes clicking and dragging your way to something takes more time than typing a short 20 or 30 character command. I am thinking about installing one package that you know the name of with GUI vs CLI. For example, if I were to want to install the pager, "most" because I like colored man mages, I'd do this with Mandrake:
to update my sources and
to install it. It'd fetch it and the dependancies. Debian would be:
apt-get install most
With the CLI, I'd have to open RPMdrake (mandrake) or KPackage/Synaptic (Debian), wait for it to open, update (which seems to take linger to do), find the package in the list, click on it, choose install and wait for it to install, close the window (or windows, in the case of Kpackage or Synaptic).
With this example, most would have been installed CLI in less time than it would have taken to get a mirror update with GUI.
Other things are downright faster with the mouse. I can open Opera with one mouse click, as its on my taskbar. I can be at LQ clicking my first link in about 2-3 seconds tops.
BOTH are good.
I think that if you want to be a guru, you should learn what you have first inside out. Play with the GUI. Practice setting up networks (if you have the network, that is - or get VMWare and make a fake network.LOL) with your mouse. Then try to do it in a console. Try navigating every program you have installed. Go through the whole menu. Turn off the GUI and start navigating your hard drive and read every config file you find (use most, it'll be pretty
). Most of the time, they are well commented and tell you what's actually going on. If your sig is right, you've guot Mandrake 9.1 installed. I have found that the files are in a predictable place, for the most part. You'll find the same files (except the Linux-specific ones) in nearly the same places on whatever distro you use as well as the other *NIXs too. If you do this kind of examination, you'll be a "guru" yourself in much less time than you think. I bet that Trickykid, Jeremy, DrOzz, or any of the other "gurus" here (I should mention Freekygeek55 too, actually) probably think that they are still noobs a lot of the time too, but I consider that they have got more licked than I do, by lightyears.