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What exactly is a script?

I am having some difficulty understanding what a script is. As far as I understand, it's a set of commands in a shell. And what's the difference between a bash script and a shell script? can somebody ...
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Why is the +8 timezone called GMT-8 in the filesystem?

I am in +8 timezone,After my trying, I must "ls -sf /etc/localtime /usr/share/zoneinfo/Etc/GMT-8"(not GMT+8 file), but after this setting, I can see the result of "date -R" is: "Wed, 03 Sep 2014 ...
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How to install terminology emulator on Ubuntu 14.04?

It is possible to install terminology on Ubuntu 14.04? I didn't find anything helpful. Thanks!
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What is the difference between Terminal, Console, Shell, and Command Line?

What is the difference between Terminal, Console, Shell, and Command Line?
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What is the program “bash”?

I have been using Ubuntu for a short period of time. I have seen the term "bash" in many places, including a terminal. I have still not understood what it is. Can somebody please explain clearly?
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What is a changelog?

I am a relatively new Ubuntu user and want to know what a changelog is, and how to use it. It seems to come in response to some downloads, and I can't understand what it is.
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What is the difference between “Spread all Windows” and “Window Spread” in unity-tweak-tool?

I have Unity Tweak Tool v0.03 installed and it shows the options "Spread all Windows" and "Window Spread" in the Hotcorners section as different actions. What is supposed to be the difference ...
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Installing ClamAV and ClamTk

My computer experience dates from 1961 but I am an Ubuntu/Linux rookie. I am accustomed to downloading software, saving it, and merely clicking on it and voila it is installed. I have downloaaded ...
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What is the meaning of: Xorg, display manager, X server ?

I don't really have a problem, I was just wondering where I could find some documentation about what exactly X server, Xorg, LightDM and stuff like that does.. I always stumble upon those terms, I ...
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Anatomy and terminology of Unity - Dash, HUD, launcher and panel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the right terminology for Unity’s UI elements? Just for reference for those who haven't installed Unity yet - what is the difference between these elements? ...
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What does the tilde at the end of a file name stand for?

In Windows, I believe that files with a tilde in the file name represent files that are currently open in an application. For example, Microsoft Word creates a file with almost the same name as the ...
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What is the “Grave” button?

The quick help of Unity (long press on the Super button) shows that Switch windows of current application can be triggered by Alt+Grave keyboard shortcut. What is Grave? Here it is:
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Which is correct: “GNOME Classic” or “GNOME Fallback”?

Since the availability of Unity and GNOME Shell, I have noticed widespread confusion over whether the more "traditional" version of the GNOME desktop environment should be referred to as "GNOME ...
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What should I call this key?

Microsoft calls it the Windows key. Compiz calls it the Super key. freedesktop.org uses Win and Super interchangeably. GNOME ambiguously calls it Meta, Super, or an OS-logo shift key. What should I ...
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What are the message that pop up when the mouse is still called?

When you stop over a button or element of a program and a window pops up giving information about it, is called what?
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What is the term for the unity-menu/panel/input/taskbar/sidebar?

I.e., under Unity, what is the term for the panel that is opened when I press the super or window key that allows me to search for what I want to open or do? I've been tripping over myself with some ...
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What is a 'Distribution'?

I am new to Ubuntu. In fact, I just started using Linux. My question is: What is a distro?
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Is GNOME itself considered “software”?

The GNOME project aims to provide the user with a desktop environment, and it does consist of many pieces of software. There indeed is a foundation called the GNOME foundation, and there is a desktop ...
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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a window manager?

As the title says. I'm having a really hard time trying to understand what the differences between a desktop environment and a window manager are? EDIT: This is what I found out later. There are ...
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What are the differences between regular processes and services?

What are the differences between regular processes (like firefox, gimp, skype, etc.) and services (httpd, mysqld, etc.)? Obviously, services are different in their function, but I'm really wondering ...
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Proper way to set up releases in Launchpad?

I've only been a member of Launchpad for about 3 months and I still am having trouble figuring out the terminology. I have created a project with one branch - trunk. I have committed a few times to ...