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CLI for Noobies: A Primer on the Linux Command Line by Joe Barr

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Chapter 67. Have Fun with ESR

By “have fun with ESR,” I don’t mean to argue or agree with his politics. Or his philosophy of open source software either, for that matter. What I mean is simply to enjoy his true genius, which is not in writing parables, or philosophy, or politics: but in writing code. So open a console and extract yourself from that GUI mess for a few minutes, noobie. Let’s play some of ESR’s favorite games—on the command line.

Eric S. Raymond is famous for many things, not least of which are his famous papers like “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” and “The Magic Cauldron,” two works which have been instrumental in informing PHBs in Dilbertville that there just might be something worthwhile in this free software/open source “thing.” ...

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