Re: [dev] Screencasts?

From: FRIGN <>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:15:13 +0100

On Sun, 09 Mar 2014 15:54:11 -0400
Caleb Malchik <> wrote:

Hey Caleb,

> As a novice Linux user, I've been thinking it would be useful to see
> some screencasts of experienced suckless users doing everyday things
> like sending email, navigating directories, checking the calendar,
> programming, looking up a word in the dictionary, etc.

as a new user, you often fall for the idea that there is one way to
solve things.
What it really is about is the freedom to do it the way _you_ want it.
To "express your will" in computing, it's not really important to know
how others do it, but which tools you can use to get your stuff done.

That's what the hacker-philosophy is all about!

> I switched to Linux/cli/dwm from OS X just a few years ago, and since
> the switch I feel the way I do certain basic things is embarrassingly
> inefficient.

Well, what helped me a lot was reading "The UNIX Programming
Environment" by Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike.
You often stumble upon the standard unix-commands in the common
literature on this topic, but it mostly is focused on user environments
where many things have been "solved" with graphical user-interfaces.
The given book however has been written in a time when GUI's were still
uncommon and most work was done in the terminal.
Give it a read; it's exemplary style makes it fun to read and the
benefits are outstanding and can save you a lot of time!

> If screencasts aren't worth the trouble I'd appreciate some guidance on
> figuring out how to be an efficient Linux user without relying on GNOME
> 3 bullshit.

Yes, Gnome 3 is a threat to the Hacker-philosophy, as expressed above.
Same applies to a "guide" aimed at "teaching the right way".

There are good reasons to have mutual coding-guidelines and standards
for intercommunication, but as long as you work by the standards, hell,
you're free to use your computer the way you like it ;).



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