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Chapter 4. Getting Your Hands Dirty > A Polite Introduction to the Command Line

A Polite Introduction to the Command Line

In your line of Kicker icons is something that looks like a screen with a shell in the lower right-hand corner. If you move your mouse over it and pause for a second, the bubble help will tell you that this is called Konsole. This is your command prompt. In Windows-land, you might have thought of it as the DOS prompt.

The reason there is a shell in front of the icon is because Konsole is your access to the Linux command line, known as the shell. There are many types of shells, each of which works similarly (e.g., all allow you to run commands), but each may have different capabilities. The default on Linux is called bash, the GNU Bourne-Again Shell.


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