These days, when I see posts or threads lambasting the command line, my reaction is almost amusement. In the old days I found them obtuse, but now that I am cresting a fifth year with Linux, I see them more as lack of education than willful exacerbation.
Still, threads asking when the command line will quietly submit are abrasive. It’s unfortunate that so many people see the command line as some sort of throwback, when in actuality it is often what’s doing the work — they just don’t know it. Perhaps the most diplomatic way to bridge the two sides is with this kind of answer: that the appeal might lie with not needing to use the command line.
But as I’ve mentioned in the past, for some people (like me) that idea is exactly the opposite: The appeal lies in not needing to use a graphical interface. Wishing for an end to the command line is just as ludicrous and just as asinine to some people (like me) as it would be for me to openly pine for a day when graphical interfaces are finally abolished.
When I put it that way, it sounds quite silly, doesn’t it?