The following is taken from the Linux Information Project.
For people accustomed to MS-DOS commands, the following aliases can be defined so that a Unix-like operating system appears to behave more like MS-DOS:
alias del="rm -i"
However, some experienced users of Unix-like systems contend that this may not be a good idea and that it might just make Linux seem more confusing, rather than simpler. Instead, they advocate having Linux users become accustomed to the UNIX terminology right from the start.
I have underlined the above paragraph because it seems to me there is quite a bit of conflict within the Linux community about interoperability, not simply between Dos and Linux, or Unix, but between the variants of Linux also known as distributions. At the end of the day, it is the user which suffers.
We all know about code and how some coders like keeping their code secret, while others give their code away for all the world to see. The open-source community has grown precisely on this principle of freedom and openness, but by and large, code is still in the hands of coders, and the needs of individual communities are compromised as a result. Would you really want a world in which the only novels were written by scientists, or the only music was composed by mathematicians?
The reason why Ubuntu is so successful, is not just the easy to understand shell but the personality behind the shell which appears to be benign and the shell wants us to learn along with it, and not simply to install but to compile from source. This does not mean the Ubuntu CLI is the easiest, or best shell, and BASH still suffers from being too mathematical while the Linux support is too clinical for a lot of users. (Some might say, the problem is rather one of syntax and meaning, while others might say the problem is not simply about math but which maths, and not language, but which language?)
Now imagine being able to create different schemas of commands (using aliasing) that might confer unique advantages depending upon the target user? In other words, creating a linguistic or adaptive personality behind the computer that at the end of the day allows the user to remember and grasp the concept behind the command, and therefore to make more use of the power of the command line?