Vista – For an avid penguin

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

warning: geekspeek ahead

Windows historically has not been a major contender for people who like *nix branded OS’s advanced command-line piping. It seemed that, even though two hundred different people were writing five different programs, you could string them together in long commands that actually worked! For example:

sudo aptitude install libdvdcss2 libdvdnav4 libdvdplay0 libdvdread3 totem-xine

(found at [H] Consumer – 30 Days with Linux)

Granted, that’s only two programs, sudo and aptitude, but you get my point.

However, things look like they’re starting to change! Nick White at the Windows Vista Team Blog showed a program called Start++, which utilizes the powerful integrated search engine of Microsoft’s new OS. Apparently, with some command-line stringing, Start++ can do amazing things from simple phrases typed into the Vista Search Bar, such as creating auto-playlists and playing them in Media Player automatically. Take a look!

Linux users: there is no better time to upgrade! And ahead… yes! I see an even better version of Windows, coming soon.


  1. You have an EFAWR with big dazed googly eyes staring at you. ^^

  2. Poor little thing… Don’t worry, I won’t be giving Aurora a quiz over this information.

  3. Andrew says:

    There is also windows powershell that has arguably more advanced piping support than *nix. It’s available on Vista as RC2 however a full version was recently released for XP / Win Server 2003.

  4. Thanks Andrew! Sorry for the delayed reply.

    I had looked into powershell, but that was during its CTP stage. Powershell is yet another argument to switch to Windows – innovation. And yes, you’re right: none of the *nix flavours have as much flexibility as powershell.

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