Hollywood movies often have a tech geek entering commands and doing amazing things. While it may not be that easy to hack into public transport systems or or control the world like Eagle Eye, the command line is certainly a geeks playground.
Want to show off your command line prowess to your geeky friends but don’t know any cool tricks? Well you are in luck. The following websites will give you plenty of tricks and tips to satiate your hunger:
“Fu” is defined as possessing superior skills related to an art. Aptly named “Shell fu” houses user-submitted command line goodies, tips and tricks. You can vote entries up if you like them and vote them down if you find they are harmful or do not work as advertised.
If you have some tricks of your own you can even submit them and they will be added to the site after the moderators have a look at them.
Snipt is the “long term memory for coders”. Snipt is a collection of frequently used commands and code snippets. You can share these snippets with your co-workers or make them public. Public snippets are viewable to everyone and for our specific case, we are interested in the bash section. However feel free to browse other sections as well.
That’s plenty of information to keep you involved and build up your Linux-fu! Do you know of any good sites to learn Linux commands? Or have you referred to a Linux command line tutorial that you really like? Share with the world in the comments!
Johnny Hughes has announced the release of CentOS 4.8. This is a new version of the project’s older, legacy branch built by the recompiling the source package for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8: “The CentOS development team is pleased to announce the release of CentOS 4.8 for i386 and x86_64 architectures. New in this release: there is a technology preview of OpenOffice.org 2.0 included in the updates directory. Known issues: there is a requirement to swap in CD-1 during the install phase of CD-4 during some installs when the comps RPM is required to be installed; an upstream bug with the 3c59x Ethernet driver has been encountered during testing; there are issues with the i586 support on the AMD K6II processor….” See the release announcement and release notes for more details. Existing installations can be updated to the latest version via the usual update mechanism, but an installation CD and DVD images are also provide for download (mirror list: CentOS-4.8-i386-binDVD.iso (2,342MB, MD5, torrent), CentOS-4.8-x86_64-binDVD.iso (2,605MB, MD5, torrent).
This will give you the core fonts, but if there are other TrueType fonts that you want installed, it is as easy as copying the font files to the ~/.fonts/ directory.
After installing new fonts, you will have to log out and log in again to be able to see and use the new fonts. If you want to avoid this, you can regenerate the fonts cache by issuing the following command: $sudo fc-cache -fv
Jereme Hancock announced the release of Ubuntu Christian Edition 5.0: “After almost a full year without a release we finally have the next release ready. We also have a new development team and focus. The release of Ubuntu Christian Edition 5.0, based on Ubuntu 9.04, is now available for download as well as from our repository. This has been a request from the very beginning. We are excited that now Ubuntu users can simply install Ubuntu Christian Edition using APT or Synaptic. This release is a back-to-basics release and should be considered beta at this point. We are focusing on the functionality for now and will work towards the aesthetics.” See the release announcement and turn to the end of the changelog for further information. Download: ubuntu-9.04-christian_edition_v5.0.iso (694MB, MD5).