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Learning The Linux Lingo

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We here at Make Use Of try to make your switch to Linux as smooth as possible, which includes using simple and common terminology. However there are plenty of terms that are unavoidable or at least impractical to avoid. Some terms we can explain as we go along, but some are so common that they would need explaining in every article.
So here they are, but by no means is it a complete list since such a list would go on and on and bore us all to tears.

Instead I have collected a select few terms a new Linux user is likely to encounter, both on this site and other sources.

* Bash - An acronym that stands for Bourne Again SHell. It’s the default shell on most Linux distributions.

* Cross-platform - Referring to any software that can be run on multiple operating systems (Windows, Linux, OS X etc.). Most open source software is cross-platform.

* Desktop Environment -

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