FOSS Weekly #22.31: Tweaking Nemo, Tools to Understand Linux Commands and More

This edition of FOSS Weekly focuses on two things: customizing the file managers and using different tools to understand Linux commands.

FOSS Weekly #22.31: Tweaking Nemo, Tools to Understand Linux Commands and More

I got an overwhelmingly positive response to the new newsletter format.

A few FOSSers expressed concern about losing the personal touch in this new format. I assure you that it won't happen.

Let's see what you've got in this edition of FOSS Weekly.

💬 In this week's issue:

  • Linux++: Tools that will help you better understand Linux commands and bash scripts.
  • News round-up: A collection of news related to desktop Linux and applications.
  • Tweaking file manager: Learn to get more out of Nautilus and Nemo file managers.
  • And the usual newsletter elements like memes, deals and more.

🗞 Linux News Round-up

The 80-Year-Old Computer Scientist Who Termed ‘Unix’ Adds Unicode Support to AWK Code
Brian Kernighan is still active to add code contributions to his original project AWK in his 80s. That’s inspiring!

🧠 What We’re Thinking About

Windows users face issues while switching to Linux. What if the tables are turned? What problems a lifelong Linux user will face when switching to Windows or macOS? Here's an imagining of this 'hypothetical scenario':

What if a Lifelong Linux User Tried Windows or macOS for the First Time?
Windows users face issues while switching to Linux. What if the tables are turned? What problems a lifelong Linux user will face while switching to Windows or macOS?

Your email provider owns your online identity by controlling your email address. You can’t port your email address to another provider, as with phone numbers.

Your online identity is owned by your email provider
Your email provider owns your online identity by controlling your email address. You can’t port your email address to another provider as with phone numbers.

🌟 Getting More Out of File Manager

A few weeks ago, I shared this list of tweaks for GNOME's Nautilus file manager.

13 Ways to Tweak Nautilus File Manager in Linux to Get More Out of it - It’s FOSS
Nautilus, aka GNOME Files, is a good file manager with plenty of features. You can further enhance your experience by using these extensions, tweaks and tips.

A few readers wondered if something similar could be done with Cinnamon desktop's Nemo file manager. And hence this article came into existence:

15 Ways to Tweak Nemo File Manager in Linux to Get More Out of it - It’s FOSS
Nemo is a good file manager with plenty of features. You can further enhance your experience by using these extensions, tweaks and tips.

I know the titles for the two articles are almost identical. It's because the articles and tweaks are similar as well.  

Speaking of customization, here are a few more that may interest you:


🥳 Linux turned 31

31 years ago, Finnish student Linus Torvalds sent the email that started it all. Notice the words "just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu"? I am happy that he was wrong.

The first Linux announcement
The mail Torvalds sent to Minix user group

Interested to know more? Read trivia about Linus Torvalds and the Linux project.


🐧 Tools to Help You With Commands and Scripts

RTFM!

Just kidding. I mean, the man pages are always a great help, but there are some other ways to get help to understand the commands. Here are a few of them:

  • tldr: A community-driven project that simplifies the man pages
  • tealdeer: Same as tldr but faster, written in Rust
  • maybe: Run a command to see what it does to your filesystem without actually letting it do anything
  • ShellCheck: A handy utility tool that warns you of possible syntax and simple logical errors, without executing your shell script
  • explainshell: An online portal that (tries to) explain complicated Linux commands
  • Crontab Guru: Another online portal providing a quick and simple editor for cron schedule expressions

🛍️ Interesting Deals and Offers

Humble Tech Book Bundle Get More Pi! DIY Electronics w/ Arduino & Raspberry Pi
We’ve teamed up with Wiley for our newest bundle. Get books like Electronics For Dummies & Raspberry Pi User Guide. Plus, pay what you want & support AbleGamers!

📺 What We're Watching

Chris has rediscovered the Nix package manager from the independent NixOS Linux distribution:

BTW, I use Arch we too have a YouTube channel, and you are welcome to subscribe to it :)


🛠️ Application of the Week

Blackbox is an Aesthetically Pleasing Terminal for Minimalists Linux Users
Blackbox is a new project in development that focuses on giving you a good-looking terminal emulator for your beautiful Linux setup.

🤣 Linux Humor

Surprised cat being shown a document meme Linuxified

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