Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Simplifying data extraction using Linux text utilities

Filed under
HowTos

I remember, the first time I was introduced to Unix - Yes my first experience with a POSIX OS was with Unix, more specifically SCO Unix and not Linux - the instructor told us that the real power of Unix was in its accomplishment of complex tasks by splitting them into smaller tasks which inturn are split into even smaller tasks and then assigned to different utilities.

And the output from these utilities is combined together to get the desired solution. In management speak, it is known as efficient delegation of duties which makes Unix/Linux a winner. Compared to this, in Windows, you have a monolithic software doing all the tasks by itself which leads to unnecessary duplication and waste of resources.

As an example, take the case of spell checking for instance. In Linux you have a utility called aspell which does the spell checking. This is regardless of which application you use - be it Abiword, Vim or OpenOffice.org, when you select the menu to spell check (assuming there is one), it will be passing on the task to aspell; and aspell will in turn pass back the result to the application. But in windows each application has its own spell check code inbuilt in it.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

The Wacom Linux Driver Continues To Be Improved, New Features In Linux 4.3

Jiri Kosina sent in his pull requests for code he maintains within the mainline Linux kernel, with one of the notable subsystems being the HID updates. Most notable to the HID feature updates for Linux 4.3 are yet more Wacom driver improvements, which are a mention for almost every kernel cycle. Wacom highlights for Linux 4.3 include support for the Express Key Remote and various bug-fixes and feature work. Read more

5 Reasons Not To "Not Use Linux"

2000+ people have already watched Tim's video and that is potentially 2000 people that might not use Linux based on invalid arguments. Hopefully a few more people will read this article and therefore redress the balance somewhat. Before I go I wanted to mention that Tim has produced his own counter argument called "5 Reasons To Use Linux". The points in that video state that Linux is multikernel, is open source, has support for many different hardware devices such as the Raspberry PI, has lots of distros (which kind of counters against point 5 in the reasons not to use Linux) and finally it is free. Read more

x86 Systems Will See Some Boot Time Optimizations With Linux 4.3

Ingo Molnar sent in his several Git pull requests today for the code he maintains within the Linux kernel. Of Molnar's pull requests, the x86/boot changes caught my attention. He mentions "more boot time optimizations." Read more

[Chrome 45] Stable Channel Update

The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 45 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Read more