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Linux® Desktop Garage by Susan Matteson

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The Terminal

I know, this is the scary part for lots of people. It's okay. We will do this together. The terminal is a small program that enables you to interact with your system through text commands instead of by clicking on GUI objects. Using the terminal instead of the GUI is like using a manual transmission in a car instead of an automatic transmission. Any dedicated car nut will tell you that you can get better performance with a manual transmission. In this case, the performance boost with the terminal comes in the form of getting some tasks done faster.

Most people are afraid of the command line in a terminal because they think that it is complex and that there will be lots of commands to remember. Okay, they are partially right. There ...

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