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Viking559 05-01-2017 01:06 AM

Are your friends and family are amazed when you use the terminal?
 
Eg. You can modify audio and video from the commandline. Manipulate photos with the commandline. Download stuff from the commandline amd other cool things without a GUI app. I am so amazed of the power of the commandline in linux.

rokytnji 05-01-2017 07:36 AM

Friends and family don't care. That is just the way it is here.

I do not do it to impress others. Mostly just drive this thing where I want it to go. Sometimes terminal is the fastest way for me.
Some of Us Window manager users are not real app heavy during our install process .

We usually pick just one thing that meets our needs and does it well.
I used to multi-boot and go application crazy running 3 terminals and 10 media players.

Scenic overload kicked in and one becomes like a kid in a candy store.
"Look, I have a spinning cube and parachuting penguins on my laptop!"

"Look at all the pretty colors!"

I've calmed down a little since then. But the kid in me still kicks in once in a while.

syg00 05-01-2017 07:58 AM

My good lady is constantly p'd off that I leave a terminal running after I've been on her machine. I don't think "amazed" enters into the discussion ... :shrug:

allend 05-01-2017 08:12 AM

"I do not know how you can look at a screen full of letters and numbers all night." implies pity rather than amazement.

rtmistler 05-01-2017 08:20 AM

I've typed for 35+ years. People walk up to my desk, talk to me, I turn my head look at them, and continue typing. It really doesn't "amaze" them, I think it throws them off. I will say that for the time wasters, it gets rid of them! :D

hydrurga 05-01-2017 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by rtmistler (Post 5704566)
I've typed for 35+ years. People walk up to my desk, talk to me, I turn my head look at them, and continue typing. It really doesn't "amaze" them, I think it throws them off. I will say that for the time wasters, it gets rid of them! :D

Why are you looking at the screen in the first place - couldn't you be reading a good book while you're typing away? ;)

Ratamahatta 05-01-2017 09:38 AM

My family is not amazed. They're used to that.
But at work there are four desktop/server Linux distributions in use and some other embedded ones. (I develop software, some on Linux.) I'm the only Linux "native" so whenever there's a problem, whom do they call? - Not the Ghostbusters. ;-)
What works across distributions (and on our servers) is the command-line. (Bottom line.) That's why I keep using it so much. (Got used to it years ago for a very specific reason and just never stopped using it since.)

One colleage called what I did "muttering magic spells". I was really amused. - And a little proud. :-) (Didn't we all want to be Neo?)

DavidMcCann 05-01-2017 11:23 AM

I've never been amazed by the CLI because I used computers for 20 years before I got a GUI! But I do feel sorry for those who are missing such an awesome tool.

Viking559 05-01-2017 12:36 PM

Hello folks, I appreciate your replies.

I meant to say how amazing and powerful the commandline is. For example we can modify videos and add some effects using ffmpeg and melt. If you know ffmpeg and melt, you can do stuff without a video editor. The same goes for convert for image manipulation. No need for an image editor. This is the power of using the commandline I am amazed about. I do use GUI apps too where they are suited best.

linux4evr5581 05-01-2017 12:47 PM

I would say they are mildly amused

rtmistler 05-01-2017 12:48 PM

I feel that friends and family are not impressed, and nor do they necessarily even know or care what someone is doing.

Converting and manipulating still images or video using the command line is neither here nor there for remarkable behavior. I'd expect the capability to exist and also have expected it, due to the necessity to script things such as this.

fido_dogstoyevsky 05-01-2017 05:38 PM

Are your friends and family are amazed when you use the terminal?

No. Even my son semiregularly uses the CLI - on windows.

ondoho 05-02-2017 02:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Viking559 (Post 5704694)
Hello folks, I appreciate your replies.

I meant to say how amazing and powerful the commandline is.

you mean to say you were expecting different answers - about how amazed everyone is when you use a UI with a dark theme, and then (gasp!) open a terminal on it to do things that profoundly change the world.

notKlaatu 05-02-2017 03:08 AM

Back when I first got into Linux, I half expected people to be impressed or fearful of what I felt were my pretty amazing powers. That never really happened, and few people seemed to even notice that I did cool things in a UNIX shell, or even that I was writing my own scripts that I ended up using on a daily basis.

A lot later, though, I started getting comments that suggest to me that people have noticed, and that they treat it the same way that they might react if I had 6 fingers on my right hand. It's kinda quirky, but it's just part of who I am; I fill the role in their life of being That Guy Who Programmes Stuff (I believe most people believe UNIX shell == programming, and I guess there's an argument that it is, even if a lot of it is interactive). In the end, although it's not the table-flipping wide-eyed double-takes I had originally wanted, it has been satisfying for me to be That Guy Who [Consciously] Uses Linux to round out the diversity of other people's life experience.

r3sistance 05-02-2017 04:00 AM

My mother has been using computers since DOS days and did do some BASIC programming, my Brother is a software architect. The rest of the family are completely lost by what I do and so the only person impressed by what I do is my Fiancée since she wants me to teach her how to use Linux.


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