If only "sudo pick up your toys" were valid syntax.
July 7, 2012 2:14 PM Subscribe
posted by Cash4Lead (91 comments total)
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, an IT development manager in Kansas and a developer for Debian, has been teaching his two sons, ages five and two, respectively, how to use Linux
Goerzen began with his older son, Jacob, at the age of three, building with him a computer out of spare parts and installing a command-line-only version of Debian
. Surprisingly, Jacob took to the Bash shell with enthusiasm, particularly the word "bash"
. Since then, Jacob has learned how to use power cycling as a troubleshooting mechanism
, how to make a steam locomotive
, how to do text-to-speech
and some shell scripts
, and how to IM
. Most recently, Goerzen introduced a GUI
to Jacob, now five, and his other son, Oliver, now two, opting for tiling window manager xmonad
as being most familiar to kids used to running a computer with a keyboard instead of a mouse.
Goerzen's reason for introducing his sons to computing in this way is summarized in his most recent post on the subject:
It has not escaped my attention that children that used Commodores or TRS-80s or DOS knew a lot more about how their computers worked, on average, than those of the same age that use Windows or MacOS. I didn’t want our boys to skip an entire phase of learning how their technology works. I am pleased with this solution; they still run commands to launch things, yet get to play with more than text-based programs.