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Is it possible to use Linux without using Terminal?

This is a great question without a doubt and in this article we will clarify all the doubts that permeate the minds of those considering migrating to Linux.

Linux is easy to use

Is Linux hard to use?

Older Linux distributions apparently still make a bad impression on some people, I can't tell if why they tried the older versions that were really more complicated and never downloaded modern systems or what?

But you don't have to go far to the internet to find people who still speak the classic phrase "No Linux has to do everything by commands" or "Linux is that little black screen", "Linux is just for technicians" and a bunch of other statements that claim, erroneously, that Linux is "hard".

Relative difficulty

One of the theories of physics I like the most General Theory of Relativity of Einstein which covers much more than what I am going to cover here, but one of his claims that time and space are intertwined and are relative to the observer, just as we can suppose that the "difficulty" of a proponent activity doing a certain thing.

Usain Bolt ran 100 meters in 9.72 seconds
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For example: Running 100 meters in less than 10 seconds is relatively easy for 100-meter world record holder Usain Bolt, for me, well … a little bit more complicated … so the relative difficulty of who's going to do it thing.

It is obvious that those who work with computers are easier to work with Linux after all the more knowledge you have about a certain subject the more it seems simple, however, this does not mean that Linux cannot be used by lay people.

Easy and hard also has a lot to do with the distribution you're going to use, there are recognizably more difficult systems like Arch Linux, Slackware and Gentoo, as well as the friendlier ones like Ubuntu, Linux Mint among others, the choice of system will make a lot of difference in this one. question.

Ubuntu as an example

In recent years Ubuntu has been the most distracted distro for ordinary users, people with no technical knowledge, and with it has led to the creation of several other derived systems, including Linux Mint and Elementary OS.

Unity the Ubuntu interface

With Ubuntu there is no need to use a command line to use the system, everything can be done smoothly through the graphical interface of distribution, program installation, configuration of things etc.

If you can do everything through the graphical interface, why do websites always send commands?

I will try to explain this to you as best I can, first of all, keep in mind that the terminal is not a bit derogatory, the fact that we can use the terminal on Linux is a great advantage, it is an extremely powerful tool for making advanced system configurations. If you feel unsure or don't want to use the terminal just don't use it!

On Linux each person can do different things with the system, use different interfaces, Ubuntu by default uses Unity, but there are derivatives of it that use other interfaces like Gnome, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, Cinnamon and so on. If this all sounded like a word to you, it would be really interesting for you to research (may be on Wikipedia) about each of them, the terminal feature used as it is a generic way to handle all these interfaces.

From now on we will use an example command so that you understand better; These 3 commands below are for installing an application called CPU-G which is an exact clone of the popular CPU-Z that runs on Windows, an application that provides information about our hardware, follows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: cpug-devs / ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cpu-g

When we put these commands as a tip for installing a program we don't know the operating system profile of the person reading, we don't know which graphical interface the person is using, we don't know the set of icons that the person is using so what to say to someone "Click on the cone like this … it's in such a place …" It's not an easy task, not to say almost impossible.

Commands are a universal language for Linux distros, a good analogy that we can do as follows:

"Imagine you're traveling in another country, one you can't speak the native language of the people living there, imagine you want to greet that person, how would you?"

A viable alternative would be a handshake, it should work almost anywhere in the world where people greet each other like this if you said "hello!" or "hi" or "hello" and if the person spoke only Japanese their languages ??would not be compatible and there would be no communication, even if both were human beings, that is, the same species.

So with Linux too, even though everyone is Linux their language (interface / appearance) may be different, but there is a way through the commands (handshaking) where everyone can understand each other, a language that everyone speaks.

That's why we use the commands, they are more practical.

Using Linux without Commands

Another interesting application for you to know the Y-PPA Manager, which allows you to manage PPAs graphically.

Alternatives to install programs

In Linux like this, you have alternatives to install the programs, you can choose the way you like, on other systems you usually have only one way and find it easy or difficult there is only one way and "you have to swallow".

Pay attention, it's not that complicated

Although it is perfectly possible to use the system without the terminal, we have to do things for it much faster, I believe most people who say they do not like Linux because of the terminal because they have not realized how easy it is to install. a program this way, or I've already explained this process in detail in this article, but I will briefly explain here as well.

Following our example we have the 3 commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: cpug-devs / ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cpu-g

Each one of them does a different thing, you are not required to know what each one does, but you will probably want, anyway basically what you have to do it:

1 – copy the first line

2 – paste in the terminal

3 – press enter

4 – enter your password (for security reasons it does not appear, this is normal)

5 – Press Enter again (required in some cases to accept the addition of ppa) 6 – Copy second line 7 – Press enter 8 – Copy third line 9 – Press Enter 10 – Press Y (s) or N (n) to accept program installation and press enter

Basically this, remembering that the whole procedure guided by the terminal itself, you just have to read if you have any difficulties.

Remember this I just demonstrated to those who intend to use the terminal, if you do not want to come close, use the previous graphic method.

And if you found it complicated … well, I think "copy and paste" and hit "enter" is no more complicated than cracking a program, installing DLL, DirectX, Net.Framework, installing the programs having to be very careful to do not install a Baidu of life in the?

Do you know the difference between the two? Do you know what makes it seem like installing programs on Windows even with a lot of gimmicks seems easy?

The simple answer: Your custom!

Once and for all, Linux is not the "little black screen", at least no more, there are systems that are comparable or even higher in terms of ease of use, my mother uses Ubuntu and she has never messed with computer in life, now, After 50 years she has had a chance to mess with one of them, and yet she browses the internet and installs and uninstalls programs through the Ubuntu Program Center, all without adding a browser toolbar or installing any crap on the system.

In good, "Linux s commands" does not stick anymore, what is your excuse?

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