Friday, April 04, 2014

Getting Back To Some Linux Basics

Yogi Berra is famous for many '-isms' which make people laugh.  One of those '-isms' that I like is:

       "Life is a learning experience, only if you learn"

One of the things I love about my job is that I learn something new every day.  While I have learned a lot over the years (thus far), I also am humble enough to know that there are so many things that I don't know.  

In the spirit of learning, l wanted to share with everyone a link to some Linux basic commands.  While Linux has a friendly GUI front end to it which makes it easy for someone new to the operating system to get around and get used to it, the true power of the operating system lies in the command line.  Some would say its a dying art, but I refuse to believe that.  There is so much you can do on the command line, faster than you can through a gui, that it will never truly go out of style.  

Here is a link to a nice set of Linux commands that not only give a quick overview, but they also give examples of the commands being used as well.  What was even nicer about the folks over on that site, they even created a pdf version of the page.  Please keep in mind though that the pdf version does not contain all of the examples that are linked to in the main page.  

That page (and accompanying pdf file) are only a small subset of the commands available in Linux.  If you are looking for a more complete reference, here is one that goes over the commands that are part of the Bash shell (one of the more popular shell environments in Linux).

And, last but certainly not least, for those of you who are anal enough (like me) to want a complete reference, here is a link to an online version of the Linux Complete Command Reference (pdf version).

Even if you don't make Linux part of your career, its beneficial for you to check it out.  Not only is it far more secure than Windows and none of the virus' effecting Windows based systems can effect Linux, but its also FREEEE!!!!!   I know, as my Dad asked me before I switched him over, "Where will I get support?"  My answer to him was "Me!".  To you, my answer is "Google!".  Its the best support reference I can give other than knowing someone who knows it.  


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