There are different kinds of easy, as far as I can tell.
1. One kind of easy is labor easy–you do one step instead of three.
2. Another kind of easy is thinking easy–you don’t have to think; you just do what you’re told.
3. The last kind of easy is memory easy–you have to think, but you don’t have to remember.
Sure, GUI might be easier if someone were helping you in person. She could say, “Click on that icon. No, that one. See that? Click on it.” However, short of doing screenshots (which are time-consuming and bandwidth-consuming), it’s very difficult to help someone GUI style over the internet. It is very easy to help someone by saying, “Here, just copy and paste whatever I typed here.”
So what does “user-friendly” mean in practical terms? Well, first of all, GUI will always be friendlier to most new users because most new users come from Windows and have never installed Windows (keep in mind that most Windows installations until XP were text-only). The familiar is friendly in one way. GUI also requires very little memorization.
If you know how to control-c (to copy) and control-v (to paste), you might want to consider opening up a terminal. It may not seem friendly at first, but the terminal is willing to be a friend to any new Ubuntu user.
I happen to agree.
The terminal takes some time getting used too but I think it’s worth it. Especially if you decide to become a geek 😛
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