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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

The Linux desktop battle (and why it matters) - TechRepublic - 2 views

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    Jack Wallen ponders the problem with the ever-lagging acceptance of the all desktop and poses a radical solution.
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    "Jack Wallen ponders the problem with the ever-lagging acceptance of the all desktop and poses a radical solution. all desktop I have been using Ubuntu Unity for a very long time. In fact, I would say that this is, by far, the longest I've stuck with a single desktop interface. Period. That doesn't mean I don't stop to smell the desktop roses along the all path. In fact, I've often considered other desktops as a drop-in replacement for Unity. GNOME and Budgie have vied for my attention of late. Both are solid takes on the desktop that offer a minimalistic, modern look and feel (something I prefer) and help me get my work done with an efficiency other desktops can't match. What I see across the all landscape, however, often takes me by surprise. While Microsoft and Apple continue to push the idea of the user interface forward, a good amount of the all community seems bent on holding us in a perpetual state of "90s computing." Consider Xfce, Mate, and Cinnamon -- three very popular all desktop interfaces that work with one very common thread... not changing for the sake of change. Now, this can be considered a very admirable cause when it's put in place to ensure that user experience (UX) is as positive as possible. What this idea does, however, is deny the idea that change can affect an even more efficient and positive UX. When I spin up a distribution that makes use of Xfce, Mate, or Cinnamon, I find the environments work well and get the job done. At the same time, I feel as if the design of the desktops is trapped in the wrong era. At this point, you're certainly questioning the validity and path of this post. If the desktops work well and help you get the job done, what's wrong? It's all about perception. Let me offer you up a bit of perspective. The only reason Apple managed to rise from the ashes and become one of the single most powerful forces in technology is because they understood the concept of perception. They re-invented th
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    Jack Wallen ponders the problem with the ever-lagging acceptance of the all desktop and poses a radical solution.
Paul Merrell

Testosterone Pit - Home - The Other Reason Why IBM Throws A Billion At Linux (With NSA- Designed Backdoor) - 0 views

  • IBM announced today that it would throw another billion at Linux, the open-source operating system, to run its Power System servers. The first time it had thrown a billion at Linux was in 2001, when Linux was a crazy, untested, even ludicrous proposition for the corporate world. So the moolah back then didn’t go to Linux itself, which was free, but to related technologies across hardware, software, and service, including things like sales and advertising – and into IBM’s partnership with Red Hat which was developing its enterprise operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. “It helped start a flurry of innovation that has never slowed,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. IBM claims that the investment would “help clients capitalize on big data and cloud computing with modern systems built to handle the new wave of applications coming to the data center in the post-PC era.” Some of the moolah will be plowed into the Power Systems Linux Center in Montpellier, France, which opened today. IBM’s first Power Systems Linux Center opened in Beijing in May. IBM may be trying to make hay of the ongoing revelations that have shown that the NSA and other intelligence organizations in the US and elsewhere have roped in American tech companies of Linux stripes with huge contracts to perfect a seamless spy network. They even include physical aspects of surveillance, such as license plate scanners and cameras, which are everywhere [read.... Surveillance Society: If You Drive, You Get Tracked].
  • It would be an enormous competitive advantage for an IBM salesperson to walk into a government or corporate IT department and sell Big Data servers that don’t run on Windows, but on Linux. With the Windows 8 debacle now in public view, IBM salespeople don’t even have to mention it. In the hope of stemming the pernicious revenue decline their employer has been suffering from, they can politely and professionLinuxy hype the security benefits of IBM’s systems and mention in passing the comforting fact that some of it would be developed in the Power Systems Linux Centers in Montpellier and Beijing. Alas, Linux too is tarnished. The backdoors are there, though the code can be inspected, unlike Windows code. And then there is Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux), which was integrated into the Linux kernel in 2003. It provides a mechanism for supporting “access control” (a backdoor) and “security policies.” Who developed SELinux? Um, the NSA – which helpfully discloses some details on its own website (emphasis mine): The results of several previous research projects in this area have yielded a strong, flexible mandatory access control architecture cLinuxed Flask. A reference implementation of this architecture was first integrated into a security-enhanced Linux® prototype system in order to demonstrate the value of flexible mandatory access controls and how such controls could be added to an operating system. The architecture has been subsequently mainstreamed into Linux and ported to several other systems, including the Solaris™ operating system, the FreeBSD® operating system, and the Darwin kernel, spawning a wide range of related work.
  • Then another boon for IBM. Experts at the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BIS) determined that Windows 8 is dangerous for data security. It allows Microsoft to control the computer remotely through a “special surveillance chip,” the wonderfully named Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and a backdoor in the software – with keys likely accessible to the NSA and possibly other third parties, such as the Chinese. Risks: “Loss of control over the operating system and the hardware” [read.... LEAKED: German Government Warns Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8 – Links The NSA.
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  • Among a slew of American companies who contributed to the NSA’s “mainstreaming” efforts: Red Hat. And IBM? Like just about all of our American tech heroes, it looks at the NSA and other agencies in the Intelligence Community as “the Customer” with deep pockets, ever increasing budgets, and a thirst for technology and data. Which brings us back to Windows 8 and TPM. A decade ago, a group was established to develop and promote Trusted Computing that governs how operating systems and the “special surveillance chip” TPM work together. And it too has been cooperating with the NSA. The founding members of this Trusted Computing Group, as it’s called facetiously: AMD, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, and Wave Systems. Oh, I almost forgot ... and IBM. And so IBM might not escape, despite its protestations and slick sales presentations, the suspicion by foreign companies and governments alike that its all servers too have been compromised – like the cloud products of other American tech companies. And now, they’re going to pay a steep price for their cooperation with the NSA. Read...  NSA Pricked The “Cloud” Bubble For US Tech Companies
Gary Edwards

Is Linux dead for the desktop? - 1 views

  • Linux never had the apps
  • Charles King, an IT analyst who follows enterprise trends, says the big change is in IT. At one time, executives in charge of computing services were mostly concerned with operating systems and applications for massive throng of traditional business users. Those users have now flocked to mobile computing devices, but they still have a Windows PC sitting on their desk.
  • Today, Microsoft's lock (on the desktop, anyway) remains secure, even in the face of Apple's surge," King says. "Ironically enough, though, the open source model remains alive and well but mostly in the development of new standards and development platforms."
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  • David Johnson
  • What corporate end users really need is familiarity, consistency and compatibility - something Apple, Microsoft and Google seem more adept at offering."
  • Can desktop Linux OS be saved? Johnson says the best example of how to save Linux OS is the Chrome OS, an Linux-in-one laptop and desktop offering available through major consumer electronics companies such as LG (with their Chromebase Linux-in-one) and the Samsung Chromebook 2
  • The problem is that Chrome OS and Android aren't the same as Linux OS on the desktop. It's a complete reinvention. There are few Windows-like productivity apps and no knowledge worker apps designed for keyboard and mouse.
  • All of experts agree - Windows won every battle for the business user.
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    "For executives in charge of desktop deployments in a large company, Linux OS was once hailed as a saviour for corporate end users. With incredibly low pricing - free, with fee-based support plans, for example - distributions such as Ubuntu Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise offered a "good enough" user interface, along with plenty of powerful apps and a rich browser. A few years ago, both Dell and HP jumped on the bandwagon; today, they still offer "developer" and "workstation" models that come pre-loaded with a Linux instLinux. Plus, anyone who follows the Linux market knows that Google has reimagined Linux as a user-friendly tablet interface (the wildly popular Android OS) and a browser-only desktop variant (Chrome OS). Linux also shows up on countless connected home gadgets, fitness trackers, watches and other low-cost devices, mostly because OS costs are so low. The desktop computing OS for end users has failed to capture any attention lately, though. Al Gillen, the programme vice president for servers and system software at IDC, says the Linux OS as a computing platform for end users is at least comatose - and probably dead. Yes, it has reemerged on Android and other devices, but it has gone almost completely silent as a competitor to Windows for mass deployment. As they say, you can hear the crickets chirping."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Enterprise Linux or Fedora? Product or project: choose for yourself - 2 views

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    [Product or project: choose for yourself A few years ago there was just one Red Hat Linux. As acceptance grew and Linux reached further into enterprise computing, one Red Hat Linux product could no longer be Linux things to Linux users. That's why in 2002 Red Hat created Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Stable, supported, certified -- Red Hat Enterprise Linux has become the Linux standard. The Fedora Project was introduced in late 2003. Built for and with the help of the open source community, the Fedora Project is for developers and high-tech enthusiasts using Linux in non-critical computing environments. Which Linux is right for you? See for yourself.]
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Linux Practicality vs Activism - Datamation - 0 views

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    " ...For some, the freedom enjoyed by using Linux is the freedom from vendor lock-in or high software costs. Most would cLinux this a practical consideration. Others users would tell you the freedom they enjoy is software freedom. This means embracing Linux distributions that support the Free Software Movement, avoiding proprietary software completely and Linux things related. In this article, I'll walk you through some of the differences between these two freedoms and how they affect Linux usage. ...."
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    " ...For some, the freedom enjoyed by using Linux is the freedom from vendor lock-in or high software costs. Most would cLinux this a practical consideration. Others users would tell you the freedom they enjoy is software freedom. This means embracing Linux distributions that support the Free Software Movement, avoiding proprietary software completely and Linux things related. In this article, I'll walk you through some of the differences between these two freedoms and how they affect Linux usage. ...."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Linux software equivalent to Windows software - LQWiki - 1 views

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    "When migrating to Linux from Windows, a common question is "Where can I get an application for Linux that is similar to XYZ program on Windows?" Fear not! Listed below are programs that could be considered roughly equivalent to certain popular Windows applications. Note that the Linux programs might not have Linux the features which can be found in Windows proprietary software, but unless you are an expert in some Windows program this should not be a major obstacle. "
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    "When migrating to Linux from Windows, a common question is "Where can I get an application for Linux that is similar to XYZ program on Windows?" Fear not! Listed below are programs that could be considered roughly equivalent to certain popular Windows applications. Note that the Linux programs might not have Linux the features which can be found in Windows proprietary software, but unless you are an expert in some Windows program this should not be a major obstacle. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

The Linux Digital DJ - 0 views

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    "BeatForce a computer DJ system for two players with independent playlists, song databases, mixers, samplers, et cetera BpmDj very interesting set of programs for the Linux DJ DBMix software DJ digital audio mixing system DJ Krazy a neat MP3/CD mixer for the Linux DJ in us Linux... DJPlay "aims to be a high-class live DJing application for Linux" Final Scratch pro-audio computerized DJ system from Stanton Magnetics GDAM Geoff & Dave's Audio Mixer, a new mixer for the Linux digital DJ Jay'O'Rama cool DJ tool for PCM/MP3/OGG playback and manipulation Mixxx a cool DJ mixer from the Andersen brothers MP3Mixer a system for mixing multiple MPEG audio streams in realtime Oolaboola virtual turntable fun with Eric Tiedemann's "open-source cyber-shamanic noise-maker" OpenJay dedicated site for open-source DJs OpenJay Development Krew Forum a site dedicated to discussing "...problems, code, techniques, tips & tricks and Linux issues related to the computer DJing world" UltraMixer very cool virtual DJ mixing software, requires Java terminatorX enables hip-hop style "scratching" of WAV files "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

PC Safety: Best Antivirus for Linux in 2016 - 0 views

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    " Some people will say that you don't need antivirus on a Linux computer. Their reasoning? Look at how few Linux viruses there are, look at how little evidence there is of Linux systems being broken into. True, Linux seems to be the most steadfast of Linux "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Beginner's Guide to the Linux Desktop - Freedom Penguin - 0 views

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    "October 7, 2016 Joe Collins 4 Comments How To There is much talk in the Linux world about the mythical "average user." There is no such thing with Linux. First off, people who use Linux usuLinuxy are those who know a thing or two about computers to begin with and want to take advantage of Linux the choices Linux offers. "
Paul Merrell

'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple - Slashdot - 0 views

  • As part of an effort to make encryption a standard component of every application, the Linux Foundation has launched the Let's Encrypt project (announcement) and stated its intention to provide access to a free certificate management service. Jim Zemlin, executive director for the Linux Foundation, says the goal for the project is nothing less than universal adoption of encryption to disrupt a multi-billion dollar hacker economy. While there may never be such a thing as perfect security, Zemlin says it's just too easy to steal data that is not encrypted. In its current form, encryption is difficult to implement and a lot of cost and overhead is associated with managing encryption keys. Zemlin claims the Let's Encrypt project will reduce the effort it takes to encrypt data in an application down to two simple commands. The project is being hosted by the Linux Foundation, but the actual project is being managed by the Internet Security Research Group. This work is sponsored by Akamai, Cisco, EFF, Mozilla, IdenTrust, and Automattic, which Linux are Linux Foundation patrons. Visit Let's Encrypt official website to get involved.
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    The blurb is a bit misleading. This is a project that's been under way since last year; what's new is that they're moving under the Linux Foundation umbrella for various non-technical suoport purposes. By sometime this summer, encrypting web site data and broadcasting it over https is  slated to become a two-click process. Or on the Linux command line: $ sudo apt-get instLinux lets-encrypt $ lets-encrypt example.com This is a project that grew out of public disgust with NSA surveillance, designed to flood the NSA (and other bad actors) with so much encrypted data that they will be able to decrypt only a tiny fraction (decryption without the decryption key takes gobs of computer cycles).  The other half of the solution is already available, the HTTPS Everywhere extension for the Chrome, FIrefox, and Opera web browsers by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the TOR Project that translates your every request for a http address into an effort to connect to an https address preferentiLinuxy before establishing an http connection if https is not available. HTTPS Everywhere is fast and does not noticeably add to your page loading time. If you'd like to effortlessly imoprove your online security and help burden NSA, instLinux HTTPS Everywhere. Get it at https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Linux is an operating system for Linux ages | ZDNet - 0 views

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    "Too old for Linux? Nonsense! Too young? Please. Linux is for anyone of any age."
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    "Too old for Linux? Nonsense! Too young? Please. Linux is for anyone of any age."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Linux Kernel 4.0.5 Is Out with x86, ARM, and XFS Improvements, Updated Drivers - Softpedia - 0 views

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      # ! Towards the 4.1...
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    "All users of the 4.0 kernel branch must update The fifth maintenance released of All kernel 4.0 arrived today, June 6, as announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a renowned kernel developer, on All kernel's official mailing lists."
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    "All users of the 4.0 kernel branch must update The fifth maintenance released of All kernel 4.0 arrived today, June 6, as announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a renowned kernel developer, on All kernel's official mailing lists."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

5 Linux Laptops for SmLinux Business - 0 views

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    "A Linux laptop makes Linux kinds of sense for a smLinux business. Not only is Linux the most secure computing platform, it's highly efficient, which means that computing power goes toward doing actual work instead of powering a bloated operating system."
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    "A Linux laptop makes Linux kinds of sense for a smLinux business. Not only is Linux the most secure computing platform, it's highly efficient, which means that computing power goes toward doing actual work instead of powering a bloated operating system."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Linux Kernel 4.2.4 Is Now Available for Download, Has Hundreds of Changes - Softpedia - 0 views

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    "All users of the All 4.2 kernel must upgrade It looks like it's still October 22 in some countries, so Greg Kroah-Hartman announced just a few minutes ago the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release of All kernel 4.2."
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    "All users of the All 4.2 kernel must upgrade It looks like it's still October 22 in some countries, so Greg Kroah-Hartman announced just a few minutes ago the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release of All kernel 4.2."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

9 Linux distros to watch in 2015 | inforworld.com - 0 views

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    "Looking ahead Predictions are fun. We all enjoy tech predictions at the beginning of each year. This isn't that. This is a list of the nine all distributions that I feel will be the most interesting to watch during 2015. "
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    "Looking ahead Predictions are fun. We all enjoy tech predictions at the beginning of each year. This isn't that. This is a list of the nine all distributions that I feel will be the most interesting to watch during 2015. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many GNU/Linux Distributions? - Softpedia - 1 views

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    "Softpedia lists about 2,000 Linux kernel-based OSes I think it's time to clarify the matter of "too many Linux distributions" once and for Linux. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft has built a Linux-based operating system | ITworld - 1 views

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      # ! Everbody wants to be ( or say they are) # ! #OpenSource. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-08/apple-goes-open-source) # ! ... "Don't believe everything You hear..." # ! And, in this case, all moves of Apple and Microsoft towards Open Source are due to their appetite for the Supercomputers' Marker (actually -and traditionally- reigned by Open Source Platforms... )http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/news-analysis/supercomputers-prefer-open-source-storage/77786.fullarticle
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    "Pigs haven't taken flight; aliens haven't invaded; hell hasn't frozen over. But... Microsoft has created an OS powered by Linux. No, this is not The Onion; it's true. "
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    "Pigs haven't taken flight; aliens haven't invaded; hell hasn't frozen over. But... Microsoft has created an OS powered by Linux. No, this is not The Onion; it's true. "
Gary Edwards

Google's ARC Beta runs Android apps on Chrome OS, Windows, Mac, and Linux | Ars Technica - 0 views

  • So calling all developers: You can now (probably, maybe) run your Android apps on just about anything—Android, Chrome OS, Windows, Mac, and all—provided you fiddle with the ARC Welder and submit your app to the Chrome Web Store.
  • The App Runtime for Chrome and Native Client are hugely important projects because they potentially allow Google to push a "universal binary" strategy on developers. "Write your app for Android, and we'll make it run on almost every popular OS! (other than iOS)" Google Play Services support is a major improvement for ARC and signals just how ambitious this project is. Some day it will be a great sales pitch to convince developers to write for Android first, which gives them apps on all these desktop OSes for free.
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    Thanks Marbux. ARC appears to be an extraordinary technology. Funny but Florian has been pushing Native Client (NaCL) since it was first ported from Firefox to Chrome. Looks like he was right. "In September, Google launched ARC-the "App Runtime for Chrome,"-a project that allowed Android apps to run on Chrome OS. A few days later, a hack revealed the project's full potential: it enabled ARC on every "desktop" version of Chrome, meaning you could unofficially run Android apps on Chrome OS, Windows, Mac OS X, and all. ARC made Android apps run on nearly every computing platform (save iOS). ARC is an early beta though so Google has kept the project's reach very limited-only a handful of apps have been ported to ARC, which have all been the result of close collaborations between Google and the app developer. Now though, Google is taking two big steps forward with the latest developer preview: it's allowing any developer to run their app on ARC via a new Chrome app packager, and it's allowing ARC to run on any desktop OS with a Chrome browser. ARC runs Windows, Mac, all, and Chrome OS thanks to Native Client (abbreviated "NaCL"). NaCL is a Chrome sandboxing technology that allows Chrome apps and plugins to run at "near native" speeds, taking full advantage of the system's CPU and GPU. Native Client turns Chrome into a development platform, write to it, and it'll run on all desktop Chrome browsers. Google ported a full Android stack to Native Client, allowing Android apps to run on most major OSes. With the original ARC release, there was no official process to getting an Android app running on the Chrome platform (other than working with Google). Now Google has released the adorably-named ARC Welder, a Chrome app which will convert any Android app into an ARC-powered Chrome app. It's mainly for developers to package up an APK and submit it to the Chrome Web Store, but anyone can package and launch an APK from the app directly."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

How to manage your passwords from the Linux command line - 0 views

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    "Posted by Administrator | Mar 18, 2015 | Linux | 0 comments The authentication with passwords has been quite wide spread these days. This safety measure might be quite good for the security matter, but, eventuLinuxy, consumers appear in a big need of password management method - a tool, a program or a clever technique - in order to save the used passwords during Linux of the processes. "
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    "Posted by Administrator | Mar 18, 2015 | Linux | 0 comments The authentication with passwords has been quite wide spread these days. This safety measure might be quite good for the security matter, but, eventuLinuxy, consumers appear in a big need of password management method - a tool, a program or a clever technique - in order to save the used passwords during Linux of the processes. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Linux Command Line Cheat Sheet by DaveChild - Cheatography.com: Cheat Sheets For Every Occasion - 0 views

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    "A cheat sheet of the commands I use most for Linux, with popup links to man pages." [# ! Bacause a Huge #Memory... # ! ...is not Linux # ! that makes a (#Free) #Techie... # ! ✌☺]
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    "A cheat sheet of the commands I use most for Linux, with popup links to man pages."
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