Name: [1364] Chris Lasher
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in series: Software Carpentry - Shell Basics

video tutorial by Chris Lasher, added 06/07

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We begin with an introduction and list of objectives, including:

  • why use the shell
  • how to get to the shell

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Very useful since I am a beginner.

This website is a little hard to get used to. I'm very enthusiastic about learning the subjects better, and possibly contributing in the future if/when appropriate. Chris sounds like a good teacher, and his voice is very easy to understand. The presentation format seems to have improved a lot since I first signed up a while ago, but the same old problem remains! I've spent nearly a half hour fumbling through menus before actually beginning to watch the first video -- then after what seems like no more than a minute of information, everything stops and this pop-up demands a review. It's reminding me of the endless surveys that we receive after doing virtually anything -- "Is the light on? Agree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Disagree." I don't mean to be critical in a negative way, and I want the people to receive the credit that they deserve -- but the overhead on watching this first video is unbelievable. I realize that I didn't have to spend a lot of time responding, but the eagerness for a response seems like a hungry lion is after me. I'll try to be more patient, and get a better overview of the actual time allocation between learning and answering requests for comments, before griping further (:>)... Thank you for all of your efforts! BillG.

A brief introduction- very clear and concise

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its a bit basic for me but very informative for the newbee. looks like you are taking them step by step. So many newbees never move ahead because they could not config their systems. So this is very good for them.

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Looks good so far. Thanks.

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Nice, easy to follow first video!

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nice but lacks a little more MAC detail

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good tutorial :)

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Break in the middle of tutorial?

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34. anonymous Sat, 06 Jun 2009 13:17

No video using Linux Ubuntu 9.04

Firefox 3.0.10

The loading sequnce window opens but nothing ever loads.

Same computer,

Good video using Windows XP..

Firefox 3.0.8

33. anonymous Tue, 02 Jun 2009 20:44

Nice plan,,, but it's my first video... and I haven't seen anything else yet, This feedback request just pop out.. it's a little bit annoying, but I guess, necessary for authors self-motivation.

Anyway, I've got a great voice and diction. And the way you speak sounds quite clear to me.

Thanks! And I will continue with your tutorials.


32. anonymous Sun, 31 May 2009 15:33

In former time was programing in Borland C under DOS, later Windows and now try to find the jump to Linux.

31. anonymous Wed, 27 May 2009 08:15

I am seeing the feedback form and no video

Windows XP Pro version 5.1.2600 SP 2 build 2600

IE 7 Version 7.0.5730.13

Adobe Flash version 10,0,22,87

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just started on the tutorial so to early for comments

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ubuntu 8.04.1 dell mini user.

Why does the "Shell " video ask me what I though of it after 5 seconds and won't let me view the rest of it?


The video asked for my feedback only a third of the way into it.

How can I view it to critique it?


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thanks !!

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learning a programming language

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low quality of voice

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nice video

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Good to see the shell getting some attention. I'm still looking for advanced shell tutorials eg using awk sed and grep.

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Great series of vids Chris! I've been using various Linux distro's on and off now for a few years and I'm okay with the terminal but I have been looking for a more in depth explanation like this. Great stuff keep it up!

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thanks for the intro, i have to learn linux for an honours project so this is going to be a great help!

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9. anonymous Fri, 03 Oct 2008 21:36

FLV may have been truncated, or stream may have been cut short :/

8. anonymous Wed, 01 Oct 2008 04:43

An excellent series of tutorials. Hope to see more of the same. Thank you.

Hi Chris. I see that your Shell Basics series is getting a healthier nbr of views but I figure a bit more publicity won't hurt...

I've added a link to DZone for voting:

and will try to add it to a few more of the usual social news sites.


This is just the first part of a series. There are links to the next videos in the series to the right of the video panel.

4. anonymous Wed, 04 Jul 2007 16:35

The video ends incompletely after two minutes in.

What's with that?

Great! tutorial

I learn a lot keep up the good work

many thanks

Good idea !

Nice to see another ubuntu user here :-)

Hi Chris, great intro video to the series. It is especially nice to see you mention the different Shells including Cygwin, it is always nice to know what the options are!


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