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Canada Computes: Utilities the heart and soul of Linux

Apr 29, 2000, 14:17 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

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"From a certain point of view, Linux can be seen primarily as a set of utilities bonded together by a common kernel. These utilities form the "toolkit" model that has endeared Unix to programmers, system administrators, and advanced users for more than three decades."

"Linux utilities come in two basic flavours: open source and commercial. Some commercial products, such as RealPlayer, are available for free, while others, such as the BRU tape backup software, are available for a fee. The majority of Linux utilities are free, open-source packages."

"Traditional Unix utilities evolved in the command-line environment. Because of that, they can be joined together to form powerful shell scripts and cron jobs. Some of the newer, graphical utilities are designed to be clicked and pointed at in the X Window System. In this article we'll take a brief look at some of the more popular Linux utilities."

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