XikiHub Could Make Terminal Friendlier and More Powerful

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a command line cowboy or a total newbie to Terminal. There’s an awesome tool called XikiHub looking for funding on Kickstarter. The founder of XikiHub says it is the social command line, and the project looks really cool. It’s based on Xiki, a command line platform. XikiHub will give you a friendlier and more powerful Terminal. What’s more, the platform will get even better over time. Users can contribute commands for high-level interfaces like git and changing the desktop background. XikiHub will also support repeating recent commands and searching the community for help to remember which commands do what. This social repository for commands is also open source. The developer uses a multi-pronged security approach, and will have a low tolerance for abuse, spam, or social media marketing. This will be one of my rare backings on Kickstarter. Hopefully, you’ll back it, too.

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  1. jackadoodle

    This is an immense security risk. There are terminal tools, such as apt-get and many other technologies. I don’t mean to poo poo the very existence of such tools, including ones with public participation. It’s essential that such systems be open source, able to be examined by security experts.

    The command line is so incredibly important and powerful. This app feel “casual” about it in a way that is not good. I don’t trust it because it seems too easy for little things to be slipped in. Even Xcode was attacked when people would download it off torrent networks when Apple’s own link was too slow. The Xcode from torrent had malware baked in and then that got baked into the apps.

    My trick knee says this software is not a good idea. Also, Apple will probably do what they did with Watson and dashboard and copy it to take the wind out of the developer’s sails.

    • Jeff Butts

      The command line is so incredibly important and powerful. This app feel “casual” about it in a way that is not good. I don’t trust it because it seems too easy for little things to be slipped in.

      You feel this way despite the multi-pronged security approach the developer is taking to make sure things like that don’t happen? Personally, I’m curious to hear more from the developer about what those security measures might be. I’ve reached out to him to try bringing him on Terminal Tinkering soon, and I’ll definitely be asking about that.

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