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Linux.com: Stupid Linux Tricks

Feb 18, 2000, 16:15 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Bos)

"First, you get their attention." In exploring Linux, it's easy to run into things that are not only extremely useful, but impress the heck out of people -- and even scare them with the utter impossibility of what you are in fact doing. To someone who's been using other, more limited computing environments, it's simply mind-blowing exactly what you can do with Linux. Even people who've been using it for years are often surprised around every turn at some nifty new feature that they didn't know exist but which simplifies their life dramatically in some small respect."

"Some people make a hobby of converting new Linux users. It's an interesting challenge to turn someone around to a new viewpoint, and finding a nifty way to win a new convert can be an interesting hack in itself -- and it's never the same for each person. Follows is a list of "Stuff You Can Do To Blow Someone's Mind With Linux" -- effectively getting their attention."

"Remote X sessions...
GNU screen, a program that creates several "virtual" consoles...
VNC...
Linux running on non-Intel-compatible hardware...
Debian...Something as simple as the "apt" system for updating...
Mounting a filesystem...
Enlightenment...
Finally, /etc (slash et-see) is for many people a profound revelation..."

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