Best of 2018: Fedora at the Command Line

Fedora isn’t just a hugely popular desktop Linux OS. Like most Linux systems it features a powerful command line interface. That lets interested users tinker under the hood to an astounding level. Over the course of the year the Magazine has shown lots of fascinating ways to get into the command line.

As part of our Best of 2018 series, we look back at some of the most popular posts on Fedora Magazine that focus on the command line.

4 cool apps for your terminal

In July, Alexander took a look at command line applications that are, well — cool! The command line is often reserved for more technical work. But this exciting post shows you can still have plenty of fun in a text-based world.

4 cool apps for your terminal

4 tips for better tmux sessions

Are you using or interested in learning more about tmux? The terminal multiplexer is incredibly powerful, allowing for multiple windows and panes within one terminal window. In this article, Paul takes you through some great tips to boost your experience with tmux, and make it work even better.

4 tips for better tmux sessions

Set up zsh on your Fedora system

In a reminder that a Linux system is infinitely customizable, Eduard took us through switching to the zsh shell with this post from May. These instructions to install and get up and running with zsh make it easy to get comfortable changing to a new shell.

Set up zsh on your Fedora system

Your favorite

Do you have a favorite command line post on Fedora Magazine this year? Or perhaps a favorite terminal application you’d like to share? Use the comment section below to share your tips and enjoyment of the command line.

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  1. PartingLinux

    Awesome, been trying to find what it was called “POWERLINE” thank you!

  2. Marty

    Once upon a time I was fairly proficient with the command line and could actually remember how to do things with a terminal…and then….. Old father (or mother) time got ahold of me, I was away from using a desktop computer and became a cell phone addict with barely any need for a terminal. Well, as usually happens with time I aged. Yes, I got old(er) and forgot all the stuff I once knew. Now here I am about 20 years (or more) later attempting to remember what I once knew and my brain is now also 20 years (or more) older and my eyes aren’t nearly as good as they were 20 years (or more) ago.
    I’m not saying getting old sucks, but it ain’t for sissies. Avoid it at all cost, but also avoid dying in the process. I’ve already forgotten the things I relearned just this afternoon with tomorrow fast approaching. I have a hunch this ain’t gonna get any easier since dementia already runs in the family and I’m closing in really quickly to the age of Social Security.

    • Kaiser

      Ode to the “Ye Olde” Joy

    • Henri

      Yes Marty, the high-pressure pump begins to fail as one get older. You are not alone 🙂

    • Howard Bricker

      Marty, let me tell you, it sure doesn’t get any easier. Reading your comment above was like looking in the mirror. In the ’80’s I had access to the entire company database of a company called NBI. We had 150 field technicians that I was concerned with. The database contained every tech, every customer and every single service call over the last several years. I felt like GOD and AWK was my slave. I could answer any kind of question in a heartbeat and everyone wondered, “Who was that masked man?” Alas those days are gone. The company was killed by the IBM PC and I moved on and got older as I moved. I’m 82 now and struggling to do even the most simple things with my computers.

  3. cmdrlinux

    Can you please fix the link click actions? I cannot right click or control click to open in a new tab because on the click event (with EITHER mouse button!) it follows the link. I’m having to resort to right clicking and copying the links, opening a new tab and pasting. Super annoying!

  4. Mark

    My most useful command line utility would be “screen”.
    Useful when applying updates remotely that may cause network drops, as you can just reconnect to the server and screen session.

    Also incredibly useful in application startup scripts, I use it in startup scripts at boot time to start programs that require an interactive session to actually run but do not actually need any commands actually entered to function; and I can always just connect to them by name from any tty session should it be needed.

    [mark@vosprey2 ~]$ screen -ls
    There are screens on:
    29977.c3270B (Detached)
    29970.c3270A (Detached)
    29965.hardcopy (Detached)
    29911.hercules (Detached)
    4 Sockets in /run/screen/S-mark.
    [mark@vosprey2 ~]$

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