Roundup: Text Based Text Editors

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For some reason, text editors are something that us Unix geeks get very passionate about. Whether it’s an argument over which editor is better, or just professing our love for our favourite keyboard shortcuts, it’s an emotive issue.

You might think that a plain text editor is a pretty simple affair. After all, all it has to do is allow you to type stuff in and then change ...

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Command Line Tip - Verify Downloaded Files

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Ever wondered what that MD5sum and SHA1sum things are when you are downloading ISO images? Whether it's a Linux distro, or any other file, you might have seen these 'checksums' floating around.

Their purpose is to allow you to verify that you have a complete and uncorrupted copy of a file. If you can generate the same checksum with your copy of the file, then the file must be ...

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Exclude Packages from being Installed and Upgraded in Debian/Ubuntu

Package - http://www.sxc.hu/photo/918252

Package managers make life on Linux a whole lot easier. Instead of managing bits of software by yourself and sorting out the inevitable dependency hell, where one package depends upon another and that depends upon yet another and so on, you can have a clever bit of software do all the work.

Debian, Ubuntu and other derivatives use the .deb package format and Aptitude (Apt for short) as the package ...

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