10 fun and/or useful things to do at Ubuntu’s command-line

Ah, the command-line! Refuge for the scoundrel, proving ground for the true expert, tool of choice for the power-user. The following 10 tips explain how to do cool and interesting things at the command-line. They’re not specific to Ubuntu but they were written with Ubuntu in mind, and have not been tested on other distros. But all should work on most versions of Linux or even Unix.

Use the mouse in virtual consoles

This is a neat hack that brings a block cursor to virtual console windows so that text can be easily copied and pasted. Just use Synaptic to install gpm. Once installed, open a terminal window, and type sudo /etc/init.d/gpm start to get the program running. In the future, gpm will start automatically on bootup.