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Deutsche Presse-Agentur/TechNewsWorld: Linux Shell: An Invitation to Learn

Oct 25, 2006, 06:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sven Appel)

"For many computer users, it sounds like a nightmare: being forced to enter cryptic commands into the computer using the keyboard. Yet it need not be such a horror show. While operating systems like Windows XP and Mac OS and many Linux versions allow the user to completely control the computer using the mouse, it can sometimes be helpful to enter commands in text form. Linux offers a powerful tool for this, known as the 'console' or 'shell.'

"A command consists of a series of letters or symbols capped off by the return key. The command is then evaluated by a command interpreter, known as the 'shell.' There are various shells..."

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