Tech Lingo

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Rather than cluttering the Wiki with endless stub articles on various little terms and acronyms, add your terms here. Users searching for specific terms should hopefully find this article and perhaps learn a little more than they were looking for.

  • /g/ - 4chan's technology board.
  • /tech/ - 8chan's technology board (now defunct).
  • ALSA - Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
  • Arch - Arch Linux, a popular operating system. Or, architecture as in CPU architecture.
  • bash - standard shell used in Linux.
  • BCH - Bitcoin Cash
  • BIOS - Basic Input Output System, the first thing that runs when a computer turns on.
  • bloat - software not perceived as being minimalist.
  • botnet - broadly, any software or service perceived as threatening one's privacy and security.
  • BTC - Bitcoin
  • Buffer - (in private trackers) the arithmetic difference between upload and download
  • Certs - Technical Certifications
  • CLI - Command Line Interface
  • Daemon - background service
  • DE - Desktop Environment
  • Distro/Distribution - Linux-based operating system
  • DRM - copy-protection
  • EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • ESR - Extended Support Release, or Eric S. Raymond.
  • ETH - Ether (cryptocurrency)
  • EXT4 - popular filesystem.
  • I2P - anonymous network
  • Install Gentoo - phrase used to confuse and mock tech-support seekers.
  • FSF - Free Software Foundation
  • FLOSS - Free, Libre and Open Source Software. See Free Software.
  • FOSS - Free and Open Source Software. See Free Software.
  • GIMP - image editor
  • Git - software versioning system.
  • Hans Reiser - developer of Reiser File System, later murdered his wife.
  • Haskel - programming language
  • Hurd - kernel (operating system component) developed by GNU.
  • i3 - I3 Window Manager (i3wm).
  • Leaching (in filesharing) Downloading
  • Libre - As in libre software. See Free Software.
  • GNU - Recursive acronym meaning "GNUs Not UNIX". Refers to a number of loosely connected software projects under a common banner. Originally referred to the project created by Richard Stallman to create a fully free software operating system. That goal still exists, but many GNU projects are unrelated.
  • Linus - Linus Torvalds or Linus Sebastien.
  • Lua - programming language
  • LTT - Linus Tech Tips, a media production company.
  • GTK - GNU Tool Kit used to make graphical interfaces.
  • GUI - Graphical User Interface
  • Package Manager - software that manages software.
  • Pi - Raspberry Pi microcomputer
  • pulse - pulseaudio
  • Ratio - (in filesharing) the ratio between uploaded and downloaded data.
  • Red Hat - company heavily involved in the Linux ecosystem.
  • Ricing - customization, usually aesthetic,
  • RMS - Richard Matthew Stallman, founder of GNU and the Free Software Foundation.
  • RSS - web feeds, see RSS.
  • RTFM - Read the Fucking Manual. Self explanatory.
  • Ryzen Line of CPUs made by AMD.
  • SDR - Software Defined Radio
  • Satania - Japanese anime character associated with Apple products.
  • Seedbox - Always online, high-bandwidth server used for Bittorrent filesharing
  • Seeding - (in filesharing) uploading
  • Suckless - developers of minimalist software
  • T60 - Thinkpad T60, popular laptop model.
  • Tarball - archive containing program source code.
  • Terry Davis - schizophrenic who created TempleOS, later hit by a train and died.
  • TempleOS - operating system created by a schizophrenic.
  • Thermals - computer temperature
  • Tor - anonymization software
  • TUI - Text User Interface.
  • Tux - the mascot of the Linux kernel.
  • Ubuntu - popular Linux-based operating system.
  • VPN - Virtual Private Network.
  • VPS - Virtual Private Server
  • W3C - web standards body
  • Warez - unlawfully shared copyrighted software.
  • WM - Window Manager
  • WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get. Basically, anything with a visual editor such as word processors.
  • X Series - Line of Thinkpad laptops
  • X200 - Thinkpad X200, popular laptop model
  • XMR - Monero, a private cryptocurrency
  • zsh - a shell.
  • Zine - magazine (the reading kind)