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Learn Linux, 101: The Linux command line

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GUIs are fine, but to unlock the real power of Linux, there's no substitute for the command line. Get to know some of the major features of the bash shell. By the end of this article, you will be comfortable using basic Linux commands like echo and exit, setting environment variables, and gathering system information.

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