Zsh is a very powerful shell that is more popular than the commonly used Bash. It is highly interactive and flexible enough to customize it to your needs. It also comes with a powerful auto-completion functionality, along with recursive searches and a corrector included. For all that, some consider Zsh as an extended Bourne Shell.
By default, when we talk about a shell in Linux, most people think of Bash. It is true that it is the most wide spread and arguably one of the simplest shell to begin with, but there are also plenty of other shells out there yearning for your attention. Today, we shall go through another very famous shell: the Korn Shell (“ksh” for the intimates).
How many times have you come across an audio file on your Music player with the name like “01.mp3” and there is no other details like the artist, album info, etc. Multiply that by the number of songs you have in your library and you know you are in for a headache. Today, I will show how you can easily manage your song’s name, structure and tags in the way you want it.
GeoGebra may be a useful tool for solving maths equation, but when it comes to more powerful functions and complicated maths, you should give Sage a try. We’ve all heard of Matlab or Magma, but Sage offers an open source alternative to those two, and is, to my opinion, simpler to use.
If you are more of a Facebook person and you want to look cool with the console, you might wonder if there is any solution for you. The answer is yes! fbcmd is a little PHP software that allows you to access your Facebook account from the command line. Except for a few missing features, fbcmd is incredibly complete.
No, no please don’t shoot! Of course, all Linux distro are great and should be taken seriously. But Linux is also different in many ways, especially when it comes to jokes and pranks. For this article, I will show you a short list of examples of this “Linux Humor.”
The open-source WebOS project from HP may not be as popular as Android or iOS, but it is definitely still active and surviving. For those who are keen to test it without having a TouchPad, here is how you can run the WebOS emulator in Linux.
Have you ever why the mascot for Linux is a penguin and why is it call “Tux”? We have the answer here, and surprisingly, there is a lot more about the penguin than you know.
For a lot of geeks, the Texas Instrument Scientific Calculator was their best friends in high school. Thanks to emulation and Linux, it is now possible to use a TI again with nostalgia.
Linux also has disk fragmentation issue, but you do not have to defragment your disk on Linux. You do not even have to worry about it, and here’s why.
Linux do crash. When that happens and you don’t know what to do, the magic SysRq key combo is all you need to know to get yourself out of the crash, gracefully.
Running out of hard disk space? Use Baobab to analyze your system and find out which files are hogging all the storage space.
Until Windows 8, a PC had no native support for ISO files. A little piece of software could help you cope with that very easily, but you still had to install it by yourself. On Linux, you can mount any ISO or file systems immediately with a simple command. However, it can be a little […]
There are plenty of graphical solution for dealing with archives (or zipped files) in Linux, but none of them beats the command line for the speed and versatility. The only bad thing about it is that there are so many different types of archives, each with its own specific syntax and properties and it can […]
Qubes OS is composed of light-weight virtual machines, isolated from the admin system, with each one dedicated to a special task, such as working, Internet browsing, personal activities, etc. The security comes from this virtualization process: each virtual machine comes with its own web browser, file system, etc., making sure that the different parts of your life are separated from each other, and therefore unreachable in case of breach.
If you remember the beginning of the iPod, you will also probably remember that it was a nightmare for Linux. Apple required iTunes on your computer, and it worked only for Mac and Windows (with terrible performances). Today, the compatibility problem is solved and there is a plethora of options available for syncing your music […]
When it comes to Twitter, there are three ways to use it: the web interface, a desktop/mobile client, or tweet from the command line (for the real Indiana Jones). The last way, despite its apparent complexity, can become very useful for people who want to reach a higher level of control over their favorite micro-blogging […]
Everybody loves VLC. It works under Windows, Mac, and Linux; it’s free and open source; it does practically everything we expect it to do and more; etc. Yet there is one thing that makes VLC really special for Linux – the command line. Every function, tip, and trick can be used via the command line, […]
Once in a while, I like to go back with nostalgia and take a look at the software that I was using as a kid. And recently, one of them surprised me by its development: GeoGebra, the dynamic geometry tool written in Java. What surprised me in reality is not that the program suddenly became […]
There is one thing that irritates me the most with computers: the clock. When you think about it, we know how to connect to machines across seas, how to express our feelings to the whole world, and yet, for a long time, my computer’s clock was off by a few minutes. I’ll admit that it […]
Last week I came up with a review of 2X ThinClientOS, a Linux distribution specialized for thin clients. However, you may be on the other side of the problem: you want to have your own thin client server. The simplest way to do that is to use LTSP. It stands for “Linux Terminal Server Project”, […]
Did you ever walk into a library and wonder how the computers could all be so similar all the time? Did you wish at least once to be able to access your programs remotely? Have you always felt like a simple ssh connection was not for you? If you answered yes to any of these […]
As Clint Eastwood would say, “There are two types of text editors in the world, the ones for coding and the others”. Well, Qute (pronounce “cute”) is certainly among the others. it’s a text editor with some advanced features in terms of eye candy. In other terms, not only does it support Tex and Markdown, […]
If you are a fan of ’90s movies like me, you will see that all the geeks and hackers have their hands stuck to their keyboards and never use their mice. I’ve always been curious to know how they were achieving this, and what they could be typing so fast all the time. It seems […]
On April 2, 2010, a lot of Linux fans, including myself, felt the loss and the sadness caused by the end of Songbird for Linux. This ultra-complete audio player born in 2006 left the penguin for Windows and Mac OS. However, a couple days ago, a great team released the first stable version of a […]
After grep, the next logical step is a tutorial on sed. The sed command comes from Stream EDitor, and as its name indicates, it deals with text flux. However, if sed is one of the most powerful commands in Unix, its manual page is also among the most enigmatic. I will try in this article […]
If you are an Apple fan, you probably know that there is an app for everything. If you are more of a Linux fan, you know that there is a distribution for (almost) everything. Anyways, if you are concerned about your privacy on the Internet or about encryption, Tails is the Linux distro for you. […]
This tutorial gives you the basics to use Vim correctly, and then present a few tips that will allow you to learn on your own.
Every Linux user will tell you the same thing: know your computer. Mine always works not because there are no bugs, but because I know enough to identify their sources every time and correct them. And one of the best ways to monitor your system is through the command line. There are some great GUI […]