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LXer 08-03-2009 09:30 AM

LXer: Wtf is Linux?
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Well, I am here to tell you, but before we launch into an explanation of what Linux is, we need to cover a few basics. First, I want to tell you a little about computer hardware, and then a little about how an operating system is structured.


linus72 08-03-2009 09:32 AM


mean what I think it does?

brianL 08-03-2009 01:16 PM

If you're thinking what I think you're thinking it means. Yes.
It's also a CLI app. (included with Slackware, don't know how many other distros).


brian@BrisSlack:~$ wtf ALSA
Gee...  I don't know what ALSA means...
brian@BrisSlack:~$ wtf GNU
GNU: GNU Parted []        (8)  - a partition manipulation program
brian@BrisSlack:~$ wtf Slackware
Gee...  I don't know what Slackware means...

linus72 08-03-2009 01:20 PM

what is Wtf?

brianL 08-03-2009 01:22 PM

You mean WTF is WTF?

brian@BrisSlack:~$ wtf WTF
WTF: {what,where,who,why} the fuck

Apologies to anyone of sensitive disposition who might read this.

linus72 08-03-2009 01:25 PM


why does Lxer post here anyway?

brianL 08-03-2009 01:39 PM

It's a bot for a magazine, runs around the internet looking for stuff (news, interesting articles, etc) to dump in this forum.

karamarisan 08-03-2009 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by brianL (Post 3629900)

brian@BrisSlack:~$ wtf WTF

WTF is wtf?

Or, if you'd prefer:

brian@BrisSlack:~$ man wtf

brianL 08-03-2009 01:58 PM


Originally Posted by karamarisan (Post 3629926)
WTF is wtf?

Or, if you'd prefer:

brian@BrisSlack:~$ man wtf

Or even: "Hey, man, WTF!?!?" :)

karamarisan 08-03-2009 02:01 PM

Yeah, that's what I was going for. But seriously, what's that command you've got there? :)

brianL 08-03-2009 02:08 PM

It is wtf, honest. If it's not installed by default in Fedora, you might be able to get it.

karamarisan 08-03-2009 02:11 PM

Oh, I checked - no luck. I would have just gone after the source myself, but I figured Googling 'wtf Linux' was not likely to produce relevant results. ;)

I take it it's in Slack's repos, then? Seen it anywhere else?

brianL 08-03-2009 02:12 PM

Here's the man page:

ncsuapex 08-03-2009 02:13 PM

its in the rpmforge repo

brianL 08-03-2009 02:15 PM

It's included by default in Slackware.

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