Is Xiki the most powerful command shell ever created?

In today's open source roundup: Xiki could be a revolutionary command shell. Plus: South Korea plans to dump Windows, and DistroWatch reviews Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.05

Command shells have never been a particularly glamorous part of Linux. They've generally been regarded as useful tools for those who use them, but they've never gotten any of the attention that's usually lavished on graphical user interfaces. Xiki is a new command shell that may change that, however. Xiki aims to blend shell and GUI into a powerful tool that we've never seen before.

Carla Schroder at takes a look at Xiki and explains why it is such a revolutionary concept.

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Command-line lovers, allow me to introduce you to Xiki, the incredibly interactive, flexible, and revolutionary command shell. I do not use the word "revolutionary" lightly. The command shell has not advanced all that much since the ancient days of Unix. Xiki is a giant leap forward. If you're looking for the Next Big Thing in FOSS, Xiki is it.

Xiki merges shell and GUI concepts. It runs in a text editor, so everything is editable and you can save your Xiki sessions in text files. You can use a mouse in Xiki, insert a command prompt anywhere you want, incrementally filter searches, expand and filter directory contents, open and edit files in place, enter text notes wherever you want, edit, re-order, and re-use command history, and you can do all of this in a natural progressive flow.

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Xiki Command Shell for Linux and OS X
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I watched the video above, and I have to admit I was impressed with Xiki. Do take a couple of minutes and check it out. It seems to be an amazingly powerful tool for command line users. The video made me wonder why we haven't seen something like Xiki before, it makes traditional command shells look like ancient fossils from the age of the dinosaurs.

You can get more information on the Xiki site. There's a group page available as well if you have questions about Xiki. You can also check out the Xiki page at GitHub for install instructions and code.

The Xiki Kickstarter campaign is also underway, and is nearing 25% of its goal amount of $80,000. There's another great video on the Kickstarter page that directly compares Xiki with traditional shell consoles, the differences between the two are astounding.

South Korea wants to dump Windows

Tech Eye reports that the South Korean government wants to be free of Windows by 2020.

According to Tech Eye:

According to a government statement, South Korea wants to break from its Microsoft dependency and move to open source software by 2020"

In a statement the government said that it will invigorate open source software in order to solve the problem of dependency on certain software. The government has invested in Windows 7 to replace XP, but it does not want to go through the same process in 2020 when the support of the Windows 7 service is terminated.

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While I'm happy to see South Korea moving in the right direction, I'm also somewhat puzzled as to why they didn't do it sooner. The demise of Windows XP has been in the works for a long time, so you'd think that they would have already had a plan in place to move to open source as soon as Windows XP was declared officially dead.

Still, even with the delay until 2020, it sounds like South Korea is making a smart move by planning to get rid of Windows eventually. I doubt that Microsoft will be popping any champagne corks over it though.

Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.05 review

DistroWatch has a full review of Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.05.

According to DistroWatch:

The Chakra project, with its semi-rolling release nature, is an unpredictable beast. Sometimes things go very smoothly and, with other releases, the experience is filled with unwelcome quirks. This past week was somewhere in the middle as far as successful experiences go. One could say that most aspects of Chakra 2014.05 worked most of the time.

Chakra GNU/Linux does some things quite well. For people who want a fast and clean KDE experience, Chakra is quite a good choice. For people who want to experiment with the Arch approach to system administration and maintenance without a lot of time invested into setting up the operating system, Chakra is also a good choice. Where I find Chakra does not hold up as well is with quality assurance, there are often small quirks or broken applications. Chakra does stay close to the cutting edge and, while this makes for a fresh and exciting experience, one does need to be prepared for the occasional surprise.

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Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.05 Review
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It sounds like Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.05 is a bit of a mixed bag this time around. If you want to give it a go, you can download it from the Chakra site. If you run into any problems, be sure to check out the Chakra Forum and the Chakra Wiki for help and support information.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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