Console heroes don't miskate

Archaic archaic at
Mon Oct 7 17:50:49 PDT 2002

On Tue, Oct 08, 2002 at 01:55:43AM +0200, Csaba Henk wrote:
> With X, one just copy & pastes it to the prompt, but what can you do
> if you have only the console? Is there some way to copy & paste even
> at the console? 

Use GPM for console mouse services which allows copy+paste. Gui's are
good for one thing...abstracting and hiding the user from the
command-line in order to dazzle the user with imagery. 

If you don't play video games or care about typing or seeing something
in a Cyrillic 12point italicized, bolded, underlined font (just an
example) then the gui serves as a means of dumbing things down for the
purpose of (usually) convenience. 

This convenience becomes less and less meaningful the more you learn the
commandline. And as frame-buffering becomes more mature, it will have
the power to seamlessly integrate the visual neccesities of things like
video, without needing the underlying bloat of a true gui and all the
windowing features. That is what I'm waiting for. The day that I never
have to leave the command-line to do things like watch movies or see
fanciful fonts. I'd rather type (example) mplayer my-fav-movie than
click a few buttons. 

It's probably more of a philosophical debate, though, so personal
feelings (regardless of imperical data) will drive this debate.


No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound
to enforce it.

- 16 Am. Jur. Sec. 177 late 2d, Sec 256

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