Shells are interactive, programmable command interpreters for Unix and GNU-Linux operating systems (OSs). They have text-only interfaces, have some of the properties of programming languages, and are often used for remote access to systems through telnet or SSH client programs.

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comp.unix.shell FAQ
Plain-text FAQ with newsgroup links.
Cygwin
Windows ports of many of the popular GNU software tools, including the BASH and tcsh shells.
The Es Shell
A highly programmable shell inspired by the rc shell and scheme. Mailing list archives and source code.
Fake User SHell Interface (FUSHI)
A program which helps the user to learn the basics of Linux quickly. It keeps the user in a safe environment and allows him to learn effectively.
File Permissions Ninja
Online tool to convert different types of Unix file permissions.
GNV
A Unix environment for the VMS operating system, including a port of the bash shell.
HTML Shell
A platform for embedding Unix shell commands and complete shell scripts into a webpage.
Jsh Development Home
Development page for jsh, an OS independent shell with native Java support. Links to download source and binaries.
JSH Resources
Jsh advocacy page; hosts documentation, binaries and source for jsh, an OS independent shell with native Java support.
MacShell
Unix-like command line interface for the Macintosh, modeled on csh.
MKS Toolkit
Ksh and Csh for Win32 environments, as well as a full development environment.
New Adventure Shell
Script written in ksh/bash/zsh which causes the user's shell to act like a text adventure game.
Psh Development Home
Development page for psh, a native Perl shell for Windows 95/98/2000 and POSIX operating systems. Documentation and mailing list archives available online, with source and binaries available for download.
Rc, the Plan 9 Shell
A paper by Tom Duff describing the rc shell for Plan 9 from Bell Labs and contrasting it to Unix's Bourne Shell.
Scsh
Scheme Shell, broad-spectrum system programming environment for Unix, embedded in R5RS Scheme 48. Supports concurrent system programming, sophisticated I/O and automatic garbage collection for process resources.
Sh
Manual page for the original Unix First Edition shell.
Shell Overview
A high-level examination of the Unix shell.
Softpanorama Open Source University
Open content tutorials and other information on bash, ksh, and zsh.
V6 Thompson Shell Port
Sources, documentation and a blog for a port of the original Unix 6th Edition to modern Unix systems, with some backwards compatible enhancements and new utilities.
VCL
An emulator of OpenVMS's Digital Command Language for Windows and UNIX

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