When I first started using Linux coming from the Mac world, one thing I absolutely avoided was the Terminal. The dreaded Terminal. In my mind I always thought of it as something archaic only for techno dweebs. I would much rather stay with the safe and understandable GUI. After all this is how I and many other computer users were computer raised. We were sold the notion that everything had to be done through the GUI. It was easy, and easily digestible for most people.
Then!! I slowly started to play with the terminal trying out a few things and slowly learning along the way. Where it stands at this moment is that I would rather install software using apt-get than going through the Software Center. Synaptic Manager is also a great choice that I like using. But, is the terminal ever fast. Lightning fast!
I bought a book over the weekend entitled The Linux Command Line by Williaam E. Shotts Jr. It is a great book for beginners to the Terminal. It actually reads like a novel and ech chapter is short, concise and informative.
Now I am finally getting to know this "archaic" way of doing things in Linux and actually enjoying it. The breath and depth of the shell is really something. I appreciate the Terminal more and more as I continue to learn more and more.
I just had to write this in case there are any newbies out there like myself who are reluctant to take the terminal plunge.