I wouldn’t equate Linux proficiency with command-line proficiency, but it doesn’t surprise me that prevailing wisdom needs the latter to define the former. In other words, this poll from a while ago in the Ubuntu Forums.
To me, those are really two distinct issues — how proficient are you with Linux, and how comfortable are you with the command line — being morphed into one so some sense of objectiveness can be attained.
Because judging your own ability is inherently subjective. Just as an example, I see myself as a beginner and probably always will. People graduate from university on a daily (monthly? quarterly?) basis with computer and Linux proficiency that far outstrips mine.
On the other hand, I have met more than one person — to include Windows “power users,” to be completely unfair and off-topic — who gave me an irritating smirk and the classic line from Brazil, that “Computers are my forte.” And then couldn’t turn the stupid thing on.
But above and beyond all that, I can’t say that I’m too thrilled with another post that somehow splices Linux’s learning curve with the mystique of the command line.
Why? Mostly because it engenders the myth that you need to be some sort of Linux overmind to enjoy or understand using CLI applications and programs.
I’d just as soon get away from that myth, because it doesn’t have to be that way. Truth be told, I do very little in the way of day-to-day operations without some sort of User Interface … it’s just not Graphical.
So in the future, let’s keep a clean separation between Linux expertise and command-line skill. You can be an expert and not use the command line. And you can use the command line and not be an expert.