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Mr. Alex 07-15-2010 10:55 AM

Where do you like to work better - console or GUI
If the work you do can be done both in console and GUI? What do you prefer?

hze 07-15-2010 11:04 AM

I prefer a GUI, so much easier to use....

Telengard 07-15-2010 11:11 AM

Konsole (KDE user here). I am a touch typist so I hate taking my hands off the home row just to move the mouse. In fact I don't even have a mouse connected to my primary desktop computer, but I have configured the numeric keypad to move the pointer for applications which don't have sufficient keyboard shortcuts.

I find the command line to be more efficient and flexible than GUI tools, although there are exceptions. I sometimes use Konqueror in dual pane mode for file management. For web browsing I'd rather use Firefox than a text only browser. For picture browsing I like Gwenview and Konqueror. Lately I keep an Emacs GUI mode window open at all times, but I also summon it in text mode occasionally.

pixellany 07-15-2010 11:26 AM

Whatever is fastest and easiest to understand---I often have a file manager AND a terminal open when I am cleaning up my files and folders.

When you are talking about GUI and CLI, there is no "better"---each individual needs to use the tools that work for them.

My personal bias is that life is a lot easier on Linux if you take the time to get comfortable with the basics of command-line. YMMV

Timothy Miller 07-16-2010 07:00 AM

I'm with pixellany. I use whatever's best. If something is faster to do CLI, I open a terminal and do it. If it's faster to do with a few clicks, I do that way.

Now, if something is just as easy either way, I will do it the gui way.

MTK358 07-16-2010 07:26 AM


wingevil 07-16-2010 08:06 AM


Originally Posted by MTK358 (Post 4035225)


brianL 07-16-2010 08:16 AM

Typing a command into a CLI is no different from any other typing. If you can type a post in LQ, you can use the CLI. Imagine if you had to use a GUI, with menus containing every word in the English language, to post here. Which would you prefer then?

pixellany 07-16-2010 08:17 AM

Actually, as I get older, I find myself grabbing the first tool that I think will work---and that I remember how to use. I don't like taking time to read instructions and so, if I forget how a tool works, I might do it a different way.

To me the whole idea is to have a synpotic view of the tools that are available, so I at least know where to start.

We just had a thread here where the OP stated that he did not trust command-line tools and wanted a GUI solution. The problem was that the best tool for his problem was CLI (terminal).

Take the time to understand--at least superficially--ALL the tools available. The rest will come naturally.

damgar 07-16-2010 08:25 AM

I agree that having to leave the home row is quite the PITA, but as for CLI vs GUI it's definitely a matter of whatever is easiest for me at the moment. However if I'm going to do something like remove a large directory it's so much faster to just rm than it is to "move to trash" that I'll jump into konsole just to get it done quickly. I have customers all the time though that get a little nervous when I'm working on their computers and they see me typing so much. The always ask, kind of hesitant, "Am I going to have to type all that?" LOL.

brianL 07-16-2010 08:36 AM

I'm far from being a brilliant typist (one hand, 3 fingers if I'm feeling adventurous :) ), but it was no problem entering all the commands in my latest "project": ARMedslack in qemu, all CLI stuff. No copy & paste.

riki 07-16-2010 04:09 PM

Definitely GUI!

ncsuapex 07-16-2010 04:11 PM

CLI is for work. GUI is for playing.

riki 07-17-2010 01:28 AM

CLI is for when you lose a wheel, GUI is when the engine is purring.

dv502 07-17-2010 03:23 AM

I use both where appropriate. But CLI is my preference.

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