February 13, 2008
Why can't free software GUIs be empowering instead of limiting?
ItÃ¢â¬â¢s one of the more popular culture wars in the free software community: GUI versus CLI (graphics versus the command-line). Programmers, by selection, inclination, and long experience, understandably are attracted to textual interactions with the computer, but the text interface was imposed originally by technological limitations. The GUI was introduced as a reply to those problems, but has undergone very little evolution from 1973 (when it was invented at Xerox PARC) to today. So why canÃ¢â¬â¢t we do better than either of these tired old systems?
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