- Hey, did you know that in Linux, you can type the name of an app in Terminal and launch it?
- Oh, neat!
*fires up GNOME desktop* Ooh, let’s try this!
$ files .
- Oh, sorry, not that. That’s nautilus.
- Oh, uh-uh… ok, how about…
Ah, yes, no, that’s epiphany!
Cue: “you’re holding it wrong” and “it’s an upstream issue” in 3… 2…
@aral Nah man, that's a GNOME issue for obfuscating the real name of the applications. Good take 13/10
@aral I'm pretty sure you can create aliases :)
@mauro I’m pretty sure GNOME can too ;)
@aral eheheh true! I see you point
@zleap Indeed :)
@aral Normally 'view' is mapped to something useful for text files... that is, useful if you remember how to exit vim. But yes, as a text adventure, the command line is lacking.
@feonixrift Ah, if it was a text adventure, it would be perfect (you want those to be challenging) ;)
@aral ok, i'll admit, 'help' was more helpful than anticipated. Maybe I should try viewing this as an adventure more often...
This is exactly my problem with the terminal, as a medium-weight, non-developer, self-taught Linux-er. Caja, Nautilus, etc. And then I have to go digging to figure out what the terminal name is, since it's often not exactly the same as the name in the menu.
@aral Good point, there's plenty of paper cuts like this around and it's good that you are mentioning this.
This one might be easy to solve: add aliases to bash.rc which point towards the defaults. So web could point towards Epiphany with something like alias web=/usr/bin/epiphany.
Sounds like low-hanging fruit to make a distro more user-friendly :) Btw there are probably not enough interaction-designers using FLOSS & noticing these things AND willing/able to fix them. So shall we do this?
@jeroenpraat the issue @aral mentioned is that if the user does the same on the terminal, for example, typing web, it does not work. So it would be nice (not to mention consistent) if the defaults set for the desktop GUI are also used in the terminal. If a user decides to use the terminal she can type web and the default browser will launch on the default desktop.
@aral I don't get it. Someone told you, that you can type the name of an app in a Terminal to launch it, which is obviously wrong? That's not the fault of GNOME or Linux, you should blame the person who did the initial statement instead.
@cosmo But I don’t understand computers. They’re such complex things. Can you help me learn?
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