Joined: Dec. 2005
||Posted: Jan. 12 2006,13:04
Problem these days is that at the moment people grow up with Windows, either because it's the only system they know or because it's forced upon them.
You are forced to use it because your school only accepts Word documents (ok, there is Open Office...), or because on your job they only can read stuff made in MS Office.
If you want your children to have a knowledge leap, make sure to get them accusomed to Linux... Any low level computer knowledge that you pick up then will stay with you for ages. Windows can come later.
From my experience i know that i can use almost any GUI after a few minutes experimenting, be it KDE, Gnome, OS9 or Windows. Commandline is what makes the difference.
I started with a C64, after that DOS (i think it was 5.1) and only then made the partial step to Windows (first 3.11 which was so bad that you usually messed around with it only when you absolutely needed it, after that Win 95 (start, exit to dos prompt) and 98.
Even with WinXP and Win2K i still use the commandline quite often... which gives some weird reactions from teachers at school (having java compile under the 'repeat command' key on the console instead of using the menu in the text editor)