I’m always impressed by the amount of things that the Linux OS can do that I just simply did not know about. And really, I’m impressed by how much any OS can do. Thanks for the heads up on a useful command.
What most of us do day-to-day with our Linux desktop machines does not even begin to scratch the surface of what they’re capable of doing. Of course, that goes for most Windows and Mac machines too.
Most Linux distributions use a program called a “package manager” to select and install (or uninstall) software packages. Most software for Linux is available in these binary packages, or as source code that must be compiled, then installed.
On my Ubuntu Linux (9.04) desktop machine, my package manager software lists 27011 packages available, with 2891 installed. Many of these packages are libraries that the system uses to interface between different programs, provide specific file compatibility, etc., but a most of them are applications for an amazing variety of tasks. Every one of them is absolutely free to install with the click of a button. Isn’t Linux cool?
What amazes me is that “at” has been around ever since I’ve been using Unix (since Nixon resigned), but the fancy GUIs that make Linux look like Windoze ignores it and things like it that make Unix and its derivatives different and better.
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