FOSS Weekly #23.07: Terminal Basics, KDE Plasma 5.27 and Markdown Guide

Get a free bash scripting book, Markdown guides and learn to get comfortable with the new Terminal Basics series.
Warp Terminal

For years, the focus of It's FOSS has been on desktop Linux. This is the reason why we mostly go for GUI solutions and tools.

Though this is not changing, knowing the basic Linux commands gives you an edge while troubleshooting.

And hence I am starting a new series this week. It's called 'Terminal Basics'. I aim to give you a base for doing some of the common things in the Linux command line.

The tutorials are written in an interactive 'do it while you read it' manner. I have also added simple exercises to practice what you learn. You can further discuss your solutions and doubts in the community forum.

Here's the first part of the series. Even if you are experienced with the commands, please give it a read and provide feedback by replying to this mail or leaving a comment.

Changing Directories in Linux Terminal
Learn how to change directories in the Linux command line using absolute and relative paths in this part of the Terminal Basics series.

💬 Let's see what else you get in this week's issue:

  • KDE Plasma 5.27 release, among other news
  • Markdown guides
  • And more Linux news, open source applications, videos and memes

📰 Linux News Round-up

💕Valentine’s Gift for KDE Users Arrive in the Form of Plasma 5.27 Release
KDE Plasma 5.27 has landed with plenty of improvements.

🧠 What we’re thinking about

It looks like Linux Lite has integrated an AI helper onto the distro. They may be one of the very first ones to do so!

Linux Lite | AI Helper
On 15th February 1999, hundreds of computer owners (dominated by Linux users) marched on Microsoft’s offices demanding refunds for the copies of Windows that came pre-installed on their computers. This day came to be known as Windows Refund Day.

🗂️Markdown guides

Markdown is everywhere. You can write technical documents or take personal notes. It can be rendered beautifully on the web so you can write blogs in Markdown. Many applications like Discord also support Markdown syntax for formatting the content.

Here's a beginner's guide to help you learn Markdown.

Basic Markdown Syntax Explained [With Free Cheat Sheet]
Learning markdown could help you a lot with writing for web. Here’s a complete beginner’s guide to Markdown syntax with downloadable cheat sheet.

There are several variants of Markdown. One of them is for creating R programming-related documents. Here are some details on it.

Beginner’s Guide to R Markdown Syntax [With Cheat Sheet]
R Markdown is an enhanced form of Markdown coupled with in-line R code. Curious? Learn more here.

🐧Linux learning resources

I stumbled across a new Bash scripting book that is available for free legally. You can download it from its official GitHub repository.

📹 What we are watching

Take a look at the newly released KDE Plasma 5.27.

📱Application highlights

A minimal-looking software tool with essential features, Design aims to be a nice 2D CAD option for Linux users.

Design is a New 2D CAD App for Linux in Development
A minimal-looking software tool with essential features, Design aims to be a nice 2D CAD option for Linux users.

🎫 Event Alert: Open Source Summit North America

Open Source Summit is the premier event for open source developers, technologists, and community leaders to collaborate, share information, solve problems, and gain knowledge, furthering open source innovation and ensuring a sustainable open source ecosystem. It is the gathering place for open-source code and community contributors.

The event will be taking place in May in Vancouver, Canada.

Open Source Summit North America | Linux Foundation Events
The premier vendor-neutral conference for open source developers and technologists to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest technologies and innovations across open source.

It's FOSS is a media partner of this event. If you are willing to attend the event, you can get a 20% discount on the tickets using coupon code OSSNA23FOSS20.

🤣 Linux Humor

Can any of the current-gen proprietary OSes do that? :P

Linux helping low end PC meme

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About the author
Abhishek Prakash

Abhishek Prakash

Created It's FOSS 11 years ago to share my Linux adventures. Have a Master's degree in Engineering and years of IT industry experience. Huge fan of Agatha Christie detective mysteries 🕵️‍♂️

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