Command line tip - peek into the start and end of files

Sometimes, especially when dealing with log files, you might want to peek at the start and/or end of a file to see just that bit of the file and not the whole thing. Of course, there are a couple of easy commands that allow you to do this.

The commands are head and tail and work with almost any Unix-like operating system.

As the name suggests, head is for ...

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GPLv3 released

GPLv3 logo The Free Software Foundation has released the third version of the GNU General Public License which addresses many new patent concerns (focused around recent Microsoft deals), 'Tivoisation' and other issues too. The Lesser GNU General Public License (LGPL) has also been updated to version 3.

“Since we founded the free software movement, over 23 years ago, the free software community has developed thousands of useful programs that respect the user ...

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Google release Google Desktop for Linux

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Following up from my recent post reporting that Google were planning to release more applications for Linux, it seems we have a new addition to the Google Linux family.

Google Desktop is Google's desktop search solution which has been available for Windows for quite some time and recently also had a Mac version.

Google have a list of the Linux version's features, which include their Quick Search Box ...

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Cygwin - bring the Linux command line to Windows

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Cygwin is a great application. What it allows you to do is bring the command line environment and many commands from the Linux world onto a Windows machine. If you have no choice but to use a Windows-based computer, yet you wish to have the power and flexibility of a Unix system, then Cygwin is for you.

Technically speaking, Cygwin is:

  • A DLL (cygwin1.dll) which acts as a Linux ...

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