Linux Shell Basics

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What is the main difference between the Linux desktop environment and the Linux shell?

The desktop environment is based on a graphical user interface, while the shell is text-based and command-line oriented.

Why is it important to understand the basics of the Linux shell?

Because the shell executes all commands for the desktop environment in the background.

What is the role of the Linux shell in relation to the kernel?

The shell interprets commands from the keyboard and presents them to the kernel for execution.

In the past, how were most operating systems available?

Only as a text-based, command line interface.

What sits on top of the command line in modern operating systems?

The graphical user interface

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Linux Shell vs Desktop Environment

  • Linux shell is based on a text-based, command line environment, whereas the desktop environment is fully based on a graphical user interface.
  • The Linux shell performs all the commands in the background on behalf of the desktop environment.
  • The Linux shell is a program that takes commands from the keyboard and presents them to the kernel for execution.

Evolution of Operating Systems

  • In the past, most operating systems were only available as a text-based, command line interface.
  • Today, the desktop environment or GUI sits on top of the command line.

Learn about the text-based, command line environment of the Linux shell, which executes commands in the background on behalf of the graphical user interface. Understand how the shell takes commands from the keyboard and presents them to the kernel for execution.

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