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SearchEnterpriseLinux: 'Cookbook' Author Serves Up Recipe for Linux Success

Jul 20, 2005, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For a newcomer to Linux, or someone who is mainly familiar with Windows, could you explain what the shell is and what it does?

"Michael Stutz: The shell is a program that provides an interface between the user and the operating system--it handles your input, controls the execution of other programs and coordinates their output. Those are the generic requirements. In practice, shells can be very robust environments. Most Linux distributions come with several different shells preinstalled that you can pick from. And you can run all kinds of interfaces--graphical and otherwise--on top of a shell, but the shell is always there at the base, mediating between you and the operating system. The shell is one of the fundamental components of the Unix operating system, of which Linux is a popular modern-day variety..."

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