LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 02-06-2015, 10:00 AM   #16
rtmistler
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: Sutton, MA. USA
Distribution: MINT Debian, Angstrom, SUSE, Ubuntu
Posts: 5,448
Blog Entries: 12

Rep: Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901Reputation: 1901

Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingmouse77 View Post
This is definitely fun for me to play with, but when do you actually use Linux in this way?
As others have said, you could install and use a desktop distribution and use it much like Windows and never end up entering anything to a command line. I guess another parallel is if you use Windows, you may also never use the command line, but there are rare occasions where that can happen and usually it's either because you were recommended or instructed to do so, or you learned enough about the system to eventually use it for more technical reasons than a casual user.

And then there are cases where you do more with Linux besides use it as a desktop. For instance a server, or maintain systems for others, or write code and scripts. In those cases, you'd find that you'd use the command line very much. Similarly the subtle differences between ">" and ">>" would be important if you wished to do something in a script I prefer, which is to use those to re-direct to a log file and also have the log file be newly created each time the script runs. Some scripts I have are invoked randomly as needed and each time they may be doing a repetitive task, but still unique to the time I'm running it. Therefore the first write to my log file will cause any existing log file to be replaced, and then following writes to the log file will append versus overwrite.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 02-06-2015, 11:36 AM   #17
flyingmouse77
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2015
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I did have the impression that Linux seemed to be mostly used for servers. If used in a server situation, is the command line version or the GUI version? I was thinking command line...
 
Old 02-06-2015, 11:49 AM   #18
suicidaleggroll
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2010
Location: Colorado
Distribution: OpenSUSE, CentOS
Posts: 5,508

Rep: Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102Reputation: 2102
Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingmouse77 View Post
I did have the impression that Linux seemed to be mostly used for servers. If used in a server situation, is the command line version or the GUI version? I was thinking command line...
It could be either. Most of the time servers have no keyboard, monitor, or mouse attached, so a GUI is just a waste of space and is not installed. That doesn't mean it can't be installed though.
 
Old 02-06-2015, 11:52 AM   #19
273
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Dec 2011
Location: UK
Distribution: Debian Sid AMD64, Raspbian Wheezy, various VMs
Posts: 6,740

Rep: Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919Reputation: 1919
Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingmouse77 View Post
I did have the impression that Linux seemed to be mostly used for servers. If used in a server situation, is the command line version or the GUI version? I was thinking command line...
I think it is safe to assume that most machines used exclusively as some kind of server will likely use mainly the command line.
Last I saw Microsoft are heading that way a little too offering a command line only version and making a lot of tasks, such as creating Exchange mailboxes, much easier on the command line that through the GUI.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:31 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration