A useful website that will explain the workings of any Linux command.

Posted: December 7, 2013. At: 11:48 PM. This was 4 years ago. Post ID: 6679

A website that will explain the workings of any Linux command in plain english.

http://explainshell.com/. This website allows you to type in a Linux command that you are unsure of and it will be explained to you in plain english. I just found this website linked in a Reddit posting and it is very cool indeed. Just type in a Linux command and what the command will actually do will be explained to you.

This would be very useful for any Linux user.

1 responses to “A useful website that will explain the workings of any Linux command.

I’d just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX. Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project. There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine’s resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called “Linux” distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

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