One of the most difficult parts of switching to a new computer operating system is learning the commands. I found a link to a really good source for Linux shell scripting instructions — one that most people can follow, even have fun with as a hobby, which should be interesting for Raspberry Pi users as well, if they have BASH installed. IT is at the Linux Documentation Project http://www.tldp.org/guides.html, free downloads, html, and pdf. Very nice work, easy to read and play with.
A push toward more people using Linux came about over the last decade mostly because the major software OS supplier was suffering from acute cranial-rectal inversion: you can’t expect your customers to remain your customers when you are price gouging them for buggy products most likely containing government surveillance malware and then suing their cities over the lack of one receipt for a system upgrade! Eventually the market will bring in another player to service all those customers that your hubris is driving away!
However, over the last couple of years the largest OS vendor has made some amends and his market share as measured by visitors to our collection of web sites has increased from 60%, although by how much we cannot be sure as our stats engine does not yet clearly categorize contacts from mobile devices: assigning *unrealistically) all ambiguous contacts to this vendor would let him have almost 80% market share.
IF the unmitigated NSA / FBI / etc. government extremism in bugging everything from wireless networks and phones to your private potty (“Sorry, you cannot flush at this time as the DHS Inspection Recall Task (DIRT) is currently full: we are unable to accept your DNA evidence to be inspected, evaluated, and permanently archived for future witch hunts. Please try again later.”) brings more public reaction in the form of refusing to use OSes deliberately made to spy on citizens without their knowledge or consent, this documentation could be of even more interest as people learn to control their own computers fairly easily thereby. Linux is very different from the largest retail OS in that almost all configuration is easily controlled and read in plan words which a normal person can learn to use fairly quickly ( the configuration files usually have copious comments instructing the user on each configuration choice).
This is a really nice source for learning to control the *ix type systems, from Raspberry PI to hundreds of Linux distros to Apple to Unix.
That’s my two bits for today: please insert two quarters to play again…