Is Gnome 3.14 winning back Linux users?

In today's open source roundup: Gnome 3.14 might be bringing users back from other desktops. Plus: Why are command line interfaces still popular? And a preview of the gaming distro Play Linux

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According to Reddit:

I understand that for things like programming it is more powerful than a GUI, but from what I've seen it is a lot more popular than that! I didn't know it could be more useful for things like checking email and IRC chats.

Is there a particular reason for this? Or is it just one of those things that just 'happened'?

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Here are two excellent answers from the thread that sum up why some Linux users prefer the command line to graphical user interfaces:

Flippeh: For many advanced users, keyboard driven control is orders of magnitude faster and more precise than mouse driven input.

If I need something changed, I can just type the command that does it, I don't have to take my hand from the keyboard to grab the mouse, locate the mouse cursor and move it to where it needs to go and click through a dozen windows to change a setting.

You can do that with GUI applications, but navigating them with shortcuts if more often than not a pain. CLI applications were made for it. The learning curve is higher of course, but so is the productivity.

Additionally, and sometimes more importantly, it's extremely easy and natural to use a CLI application over SSH, which just isn't possible at all with GUI applications, or very cumbersome and slow with X-Forwarding.


Qedem: Once you get used to using the terminal, the learning curve for learning other CLI applications is negligibly small. Meanwhile, every time you learn a new GUI, you need to spend a good amount of time figuring out where everything is. I hope that id clear: CLI applications are typically more standardized than GUI ones (in my opinion).

A preview of Play Linux

Everyday Linux User takes a look at the alpha version of Play Linux and wishes it had more to set it apart from other distributions.

According to Everyday Linux User:

Play Linux's website states that there aren't any decent distributions for gamers. Providing Steam, PlayOnLinux and a point and click installer for Minecraft helps on that score but I was hoping for more.

I would have expected there to be some default games included such as Frets On Fire and I would perhaps have expected some games emulators to be installed and configured by default. For gaming Play Linux could perhaps include joystick calibration, one click installs for setting up WII remotes, XBOX controllers and OUYA controllers.

So my main conclusion is that the current alpha release of Play Linux is a good start but before moving to Beta perhaps it can include a little bit more.

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I'm not as much of a gamer as I used to be back in the day, but I like the idea of a distribution geared toward gamers. I hope that the Play Linux developers can buff it up before final release so it offers enough to sway gamers off of other distributions.

You can get more information about Play Linux on its site, wiki, and blog. And you can download it in 32-bit or 64-bit versions from the Play Linux download page.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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