It just happened that I started working on a Linux machine again. This time my computer at work it’s neither running openSUSE nor RedHat: it’s nothing less than the probably most popular Linux distribution out there, Ubuntu.
I have to admit that I really liked the spare and maybe a little bit outdated design of the openSUSE and RedHat, where Ubuntu looks much more contemporary with a propensity for an almost shoddy design – I am talking about the so-called “Unity” design. I almost called it an audacious copy of Mac OS X.
On the other hand, I don’t care that much about the design, since I am using the terminal (shell) 99% of the time anyways.
Enough lamenting: I am posting this article, because I found a really awesome Unix tutorial today: http://www.mhpcc.edu/training/vitecbids/UnixIntro/UnixIntro.html. I know, there are thousands of books on Linux and Unix out there. But hey, If you are using a free operating system, maybe you want a really good tutorial that comes for free, too!?
For the Mac OS X Users
This little lecture is particularly recommendable for Mac OS users who really want to understand how their operating system works. Yes, Linux and Mac OS X are pretty similar behind the facade. Mac OS is built on Unix and “Linux is a Unix clone written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX compliance.” (Official Linux kernel README file)