Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Jan 16 20:29:04 UTC 2010

Behind g.u.i. will always remain the command line interface.  That's 
because the real power is in the command line interface and not the G.U.I. 
The reason for keeping things this way is that it's too easy even for 
expert users to click on something and get themselves in a world of 
trouble real fast.  Learning to use a terminal interface and learning what 
to use it for is the separating knowledge between a Linux user and a Linux 
Power User.  If you are not your own system administrator, it's not 
essential that you be or become a power user as soon as possible, however 
if you do have admin rights to a system and are not a power user you 
remain unqualified for the position you have.  As a result of continued 
lack of qualification, systems very likely will be the first targets 
computer crackers target and certainly the easiest for them to exploit.On 
Mon, 11 Jan 2010, Josh wrote: I do package management on the command line 
with aptitude and related tools. aptitude remove --purge packagename <cr> 
will remove a package and all associated configurations from a system. 
aptitude install packagename <cr> will install a package. aptitude install 
packagename -r <cr> will install a package and everything else it might 
need to work on a system. aptitude update <cr> will update a machines 
packages cache in preparation for upgrading. aptitude safe-upgrade <cr> 
will upgrade safely what packages it can. aptitude full-upgrade <cr> will 
upgrade all that it can and offer to fix broken packages as a result along 
the way. aptitude autoclean <cr> is very important since it removes 
packages that can no longer be used as a result of the upgrade and frees 
up disk space. apt-cache search "search string" <cr> can try to locate 
packages that will do a particular task based on search string you supply. 
apt-cache and aptitude can both be used in a terminal session though 
updating and removing and installing and cleaning packages are all 
reserved for root.  I don't like aptitude's g.u.i. interface because 
running things on the command line causes me to think more about what I'm 
doing as I do it and that keeps me out of trouble.> Hi,
> I hope with the next version of knoppix and knoppix-adriane that Klaus Knopper uses Debian squeeze or Debian unstable so we have the latest hardware and software package support. I am not a developer, I am just youur every-day-user of a few of my favorite linux distributions.
> I also wish that when you press enter on or double-click a package file a wizard comes up asking what you want to do with that file. This would make it easy for new users to do various things with files like installing-uninstalling packages, dependencies, purge things, copy and move things. The entire world is going to the GUI or graphical User Interface, I hope Linux follows suit. Part of this is allowing you to double-click or enter on a package file and install it without even seeing a terminal.
> Josh Kennedy jkenn337 at
> my blog is at (updated frequently). Tired of Microsoft Windows and paying thousands for screen-readers? try out NVDA, get a mac--, nvda--for Windows, or try out and switch to grml, Ubuntu, Vinux, or knoppix-adriane Linux desktops. Knoppix ubuntu and vinux-cli-max are the most accessible for beginners. also try vinux-gui and encourage those at to use windows-xp and nvda knoppix-adriane Vinux-cli-max or grml so all blind people can have an accessible computer.

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