oh ok, so I'm in the wrong part of a city it looks like.
I guess the question is. I'm looking for something without a GUI for the most part. Where I have to do everything from scratch in a sense. If I want to open up an internet browser it has to be from the command line.
I have to run a command to play Starcraft 2.
I have to run a command to get to you Youtube.com.
I have to run a certain command to open up a port or connect to a network.
Simple daily tasks. Am I in the wrong area? Somewhere to really explore without a GUI.
I guess I kind of had the wrong idea of Unix. I thought it would be an operating system I could install in a way, but it's more or so the make up of entire computer?
Would I be better off looking at a Linux based OS without a GUI?
Should I clarify I'm looking for a Unix based OS without a GUI? Does that help?
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To see how different OSs might have a different "feel", including some that are "real" unix, you might consider Polarhome:
polarhome.com is non commercial, educational effort for popularization of shell enabled operating systems and Internet services, offering shell accounts, mail and other online services on all available systems (currently on Linux, OpenVMS, Solaris, OpenIndiana, AIX, QNX, IRIX, HP-UX, Tru64, SCO OpenUnix, UnixWare, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly/BSD, MirBSD, Ultrix and OPENSTEP ).
I would suggest you learn about using the Bash (or other) shell on Ubuntu first like previously suggested, much of what you learn will transfer to any Unix-based OS which also has the Bash shell (most of them, I think).
Use the terminal to accomplish tasks like you suggest, but also learn to use it for tasks like file management, configuring programs to do what you want, and especially to get an introduction to scripting, or writing a series of commands in a file which will accomplish a certain task. This can all be done from inside the Desktop environment just by using whatever Terminal program you DE has.
Getting familiar with this way of running and managing a Linux machine means you can then progress to running an Ubuntu server, if you choose to stay with Ubuntu. This would normally be managed completely by command line, it does not install with a GUI by default. This can of course be run as a virtual machine in VirtualBox.
As a side note, Ubuntu is largely what I learnt on, and the UbuntuForums are very good for specific help. I now manage RHEL and Solaris servers for a living.
Nice UNIX history article by John Loeffler, February, 05th 2019
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