"WOAH, WHAT'S THAT?!"
Apparently kids find nothing on a desktop more exciting than a terminal window with a blinking cursor 😂
@fribbledom Is that the Matrix?!
@fribbledom Now you've got to explain to them the difference between terminal, console, and shell
@remram44 I don't know what the difference between a terminal and a console is. Does it have to do with the nature of the connection? Like using the "console" port instead of the teletype?
@brandon Consoles referred to physical devices that have no reality today. I think those can be used interchangeably., though we still sometime see them referred to as "virtual console" or "virtual terminal"
@clacke Those are referred to as "virtual terminals" (VTs) or "virtual consoles" though
@clacke @brandon @remram44
>Possibly "terminal" might have referred more to screens and keyboards separate from a main computing machine, and "console" might have referred more to a screen and keyboard considered part of a main computing machine.
This, plus console was used only by admin... or so I've heard.
I'd imagine the console would be in /etc/securetty, display bootlogs and bootloader prompt, etc.
@starchturrets Bash/dash/zsh is the shell, xterm/gnome-terminal/konsole is the terminal (or "terminal emulator")
@fribbledom Like hole in the ground.
@fribbledom honestly introducing folks to the command line is still like my favourite thing.
And then seeing how they start thinking about the possibilities.
@fribbledom Most kids of the latest couple generations (myself included) much more accustomed to GUIs, so it doesn't seem that weird they'd be surprised by the sparseness of a terminal.
Apparently to a 10 year old it looks like something straight out of a Hollywood action movie, and something intense is about to happen every time I hit enter.
@fribbledom "That's what we use to hack, like in movies"
It's not telling/showing you what it does; it's asking what you want to do.
@fribbledom "An elegant weapon for a more civilized age"
@fribbledom "We're in."
@fribbledom my boss says the same thing about spreadsheets.
@fribbledom but nothing else is that exciting surely?
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