Customise the command line.

An old post by the creator of Life Hacker, Gina Trapani, regarding customisation of the command line.

I like to refer to it every now and then for inspiration (as a novice Linux practitioner).

I haven’t got the time for it specifically tonight, but I definitely would love to play around with Terminal/CLI customisation and post the artwork up here.

The link to the article by Gina is here, but until you get there, here is something to whet your appetite…

The source of the image below, and another great Life Hacker article is here (The Top 10 Command Line Tools)….

One of the more creative CLI customisation!

One of the more creative CLI customisation!


Wasting time…….With Linux!

Inspired by the movie Inception, I thought that I’d have a go at getting three operating system’s deep with everyone’s favourite free VM generator, VirtualBox!

Below is a screen-capture from my system running three flavours of Ubuntu deep.

My specs are: Late 2012 (10,1 Model) MacBook Pro Retina 15in, Intel® Core™ i7-3720QM CPU @ 2.60GHz × 8, 16gig RAM, 512gig SSD: Running Ubuntu 13.04 x64 (on its own partition).


The stunt: Ubuntu 13.04 with VirtualBox running Linux Mint 15 XFCE; running VirtualBox which in turn is running Lubuntu (rather slowly).

Powered by Linux & executed by VirtualBox.

Powered by Linux & executed by VirtualBox.


Next time I get really bored, I might try going deeper, but I will really need to plan out the resources granted to each VirtualBox VM.

For this example I think I granted 10gig RAM to Linux Mint, and 2gig to Lubuntu, but doing anything within Lubuntu was like wading through molasses (in snow boots).

Hope you enjoyed!