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How to launch and use a shell terminal in Linux

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http://www.linuxbsdos.com – People new to Linux tend to react to any reference of the Linux shell terminal with fright. But there is nothing scary about our beloved shell terminal, or what we most commonly call the command-line interface (CLI) or simple the command-line. It is a very powerful place to interact with Linux. Every operating system has its own “command-line,” including Windows. Unlike a graphical user interface where the operating system is directed to perform varied tasks via point-and-click operations, the Linux shell terminal lets you do the same by typing commands made up of a line of text. (General)