The 16 Linux Shell Commands Every Desktop Linux User Should Know

To get a Linux shell, you need to start a terminal. That terminal, in turn, runs a Linux command shell. There are many such shells, include csh, Bourne shell, and the Korn Shell. On most Linux distributions today, the default shell is the Bourne again shell (bash). (Yes, Linux users have long loved puns.)

To see what shell you have, run the following command:

echo $SHELL