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From: Lie Ryan <lie.1296@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-amd64@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-amd64] Re: Can't Emerge Thunderbird-5.0/6.0
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:33:01
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-amd64] Re: Can't Emerge Thunderbird-5.0/6.0 by Frank Peters
On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 1:27 AM, Frank Peters <frank.peters@×××××××.net>wrote:

> It's not that I have some extreme irrational bias against graphical > software, but, in the right hands, console based programs can still > perform wonderful things in terms of basic output. Ncurses and s-lang > are very capable development tools. But for some reason these things > are not appreciated by the average user who, if given a choice, will > usually gravitate to a graphical solution. >
Forgive me for I beg to differ, curse is just a poor substitute for neither command line nor GUI. You can't realistically pipe curse output to other scripts and get something meaningful, nor can curse take advantage of your screen's full display capability. While I appreciate the power of using command line and the simplicity of GUI, I can't ever understand people who uses curse-based newsreader/email clients. The only curse-based applications that I could appreciate are text editors, e.g. vim/emacs, and it is because they're convenient to use on an ssh. So, yes, I think you do have an extreme irrational bias if you prefer a text-based email or torrent clients over a GUI equivalent.


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Re: [gentoo-amd64] Re: Can't Emerge Thunderbird-5.0/6.0 Homer Parker <hparker@g.o>