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Command-line or graphical user interface?

Command-line mostly
23% (3 votes)
Graphical user interface mostly
8% (1 vote)
Both about evenly
69% (9 votes)
Total votes: 13

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CLI or GUI

Here's another silly thread/poll just for fun.

Do you stick to a command-line interface or a graphical user interface? Or both? What's your reasoning?

I don't have X installed on my server because 1) it's not necessary; and 2) I don't even have a monitor for it. I just use PuTTY on a local Windows machine to access the server. I may start using the server as a desktop if I can find a monitor in which case I'll probably use a GUI. But in the past, I've had a desktop that I used completely from the command-line. It was a bit harsh, but fun.

wtf. I posted a "Both about evenly" option but it didn't show....

EDIT: Oh wait, I think I didn't hit the "Add option" button. Embarassed If an admin/mod can fix this, that would be cool.

Mabye you forgot to hit the "Add Option" button.

"olive" wrote:

wtf. I posted a "Both about evenly" option but it didn't show....

EDIT: Oh wait, I think I didn't hit the "Add option" button. Embarassed If an admin/mod can fix this, that would be cool.

Fixed. Smiling

I voted for that third option as I use it interchangebly. There's always a terminal emulator open somewhere, but I still need GUI, if nothing then because it looks great and because of stuff you can't do in CLI such as graphics.

I think that GUI + CLI is the ultimate combination for ultimate power over the computer and what you can do with it. Laughing out loud

They both have their uses. It'd be a pain in the ass to configure a printer via CLI and for GUI it would suck to something like this.

I use both all the time.

It really depends on what I'm trying to do. For surfing the web, I prefer a GUI. For managing files, I open an xfce-terminal and use rm, cp, mv, mkdir and the lot. I like to use makefiles to automate tasks such as uploading the latest version of a document after building it with LaTeX.

 

I use CLI and GUI about the same amount, I use CLI for admin'ing my own computer and GUI for actually using it most of the time, except sometimes Vi or Emacs

I use the CLI more than the GUI

Mainly I ssh about etc, so there aint much point, X forwarding is heavy etc

Only really use the GUI for firefox n gaim

Normally I have Gaim/Amsn and firefox on my MacTop.
And the Desktop with Irssi, and doing other such tasks.

Smiling

DOWN WITH X!

My server is CLI only which I controle via ssh from my desktop which is GUI, so I'll vote for #3.

 

I use both about evenly.

I'm not as die hard as some of the people I recently met who just use X to manage 20 or so odd terminals but yea, I like my command line. I'd say though I use it evenly in conjunction with GUI applications.

I think a combination of the two is great. Although a terminal is a lovely tool for a lot of stuff, and essentially you could get about doing about 90% of the stuff you do with applications, sometimes one is more suited and faster than the other. Just pick the best and most comfortable tool for the job, so yea, both are lovely. :smiling: