Shell Game

I downloaded the preview of Microsoft Shell, aka Monad. One of the reasons I use Linux as my primary OS has always been the functionality of the shell. I won’t bore you with all the details, suffice it to say, it’s always been the most direct and easiest way to communicate with the kernel. Even a moderately skilled System Administrator can do impressive feats with the shell. If you put some time into it, you can quickly do things a GUI can only dream about.

A few years back, Microsoft declared the death of the DOS terminal and the command line in general. They figured that everyone had surrendered to their GUI interfaces and typing obscure commands into a shell was ancient history. Well, they were wrong. The success of Linux in the server room gave newbie Sys Admins a taste of the power of the shell. Before long, they were demanding that Microsoft bring back the shell and to make it more like the Linux shell. Microsoft has never been slow to answer the calls of their administrator and developer users. So we have Monad.

The first thing I typed into the MSH was the UNIX command – “ls

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