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Linux Command Line Alternatives – Leave The Mouse To Rest!

My family bought our first personal computer in the Windows dominated era. So, of course, Windows was the first operating system we started using. Not just that, we even used to enjoy it unless we started learning Linux and its various flavours. Why is it so? Well, I found it better than Windows in most of the cases. (Here is an article which discusses some reasons that make Linux a better operating system for users). But one thing remained insatiable was what makes typing the commands on Linux command line a better experience than clicking impressive GUIs?

 

Linux Command Line vs GUI

As the saying goes, “we learn it best when we do it ourselves”, therefore after switching to Linux I personally felt the efficiency and quickness of tasks getting done through command line verses through graphical user interface (CLI vs GUI). And the major reason being, even a mouse click generates an action which will trigger the execution of the same executable as we do through the command directly. Hence, running the same task through GUI involves an extra overhead of calculating the mouse pointer coordinates, raising a click action etc. In case, there are input options required, it adds on to the overhead. All this handling of the overhead takes some time at the cost of impressive visuals and to avoid typing.

Well, to talk about deep driven merits of using command line as compared to GUI, here is a synopsis of abstract points:
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