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Ars at FOSSCamp: revolutionizing the command line with Hotwire

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Colin Walters of Red Hat chaired a FOSSCamp session about Hotwire, a unique and innovative graphical shell environment designed to improve the command-line user experience. I've been testing Hotwire releases for some time now, so the opportunity to see Walters present his invention in person seemed too good to pass up.

Hotwire is a relatively new application and doesn't yet have a large community of contributors, but interest in the project is steadily growing. Walters is the original creator of the program and has done virtually all of the development so far. He started the FOSSCamp session by describing his vision, which is to create "a much better interactive environment for developers and system administrators."

Hotwire is developed with Python and GTK, and doesn't provide a new shell scripting language of its own. Heavily inspired by Microsoft Powershell, the underlying infrastructure of Hotwire is based on the principle of object pipelines.

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