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  • WAIS
    Wide Area Information Servers - A commercial software package that allows the indexing of huge quantities of information, and then making those indices searchable across networks such as the Internet . A prominent feature of WAIS is that the search results are ranked ("scored") according to how relevant the "hits" are, and that subsequent searches can find "more stuff like that last batch" and thus refine the search process
     
  • Wall, Larry
    He has authored some of the most popular free programs available for UNIX, including the rn news reader, the ubiquitous patch program, and the perl programming language. He's also known for metaconfig, a program that writes Configure scripts, and for the warp space-war game
     
  • WAN
    Wide Area Network, which is generally a network connecting several physically distant locations, as opposed to a LAN. The Internet is an example of a worldwide WAN
     
  • Welsh, Matt
    one of the founders of the Linux Documentation Project (LDP) and the author of O'Reilly's seminal Linux book, Running Linux
     
  • who
    Shows who is logged on.
     
  • widget
    a user interface object in X graphical user interfaces
     
  • wild card
    character, used to search for text, that may represent any character (or any character in a set). A wild-card character is like a wild card in a card game, which may represent any other card in the deck
     
  • window manager
    the main interface between the X Window system and the user. It rovides such functionality as window borders, menus, icons, virtual desktops, button bars, tool bars, and allows the user to customize it at will, often adding to its functionality in the process
     
  • word processor
    A program that combines text-processing and text-formatting. In the Linux system, text-processing and text-formatting are sometimes separate functions.
     
  • working directory
    The directory in which you are working; also known as the current directory
     
  • workspace
    In the X Window System, the root window, or desktop, on which all other windows are overlaid
     
  • Worm
    In many ways a worm is similiar to a virus, which replicates itself as it travels across the Internet
     
  • wrapper
    A program used to start another program; usually a wrapper is SUID or SGID so it can bestow privileges onto another program that the other program would not normally have
     
  • write
    Allows you to communicate with other users, by copying lines from your terminal to theirs.
     
  • wtmp
    records all logins and logouts. Its format is exactly like utmp except that a null user name indicates a logout on the associated terminal
     

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