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Monday, May 14, 2012

CLI: 1. The anatomy of the CLI.

Here's a series that I'll start: it's called "Intro to Linux CLI."  Part of the purpose is to draw the readers into a close-up view on how Linux works.

Just as an explorer braces for the excitements of an undiscovered world, so I peak out and marvel at the potential of the command line, the CLI (Command Line Interface).

Here's a brief history.  As the dawn of Windows received great fanfare of the people (computers became commercial, an awesome development), some people found a major threat, that only the tech giants direct technology as we know it with a snap of their finger.  Thus the birth of Linux, an effort to keep the "freedom," making computers accessible and knowable from inside out, to the plenty, in 1991, when Linus Torvalds created the Linux kernel.

Such an evolution to behold!  In the heart of it all is the command line, shared by all OSes alike (obviously, it stood the test of time.) Here's the anatomy. The command line that we refer to is actually the shell, the interface where the computer and human interacts with text. And the terminal emulator, with its GUI (graphical user interface), reveals the shell within the desktop as we see it in our monitors.  (think of command prompt for windows. That's a terminal emulator, coated by a GUI.)   You see, we're all familiar with this seemingly vague concept.

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