Telegraph and the Unix Shell

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  • ngs

    Next Generation Shell (NGS)

    Oh interesting... author of that article developed

  • xplr

    A hackable, minimal, fast TUI file explorer

    Certain file managers like xplr allow for more advanced terminal UX. Check out the video on and you can see something like a live/interactive ls that allows toggling arguments (instead of running multiple commands and pushing previous stdout further into the past).

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  • nushell

    A new type of shell

    But that and xplr are both programs used within the shell and don't address that the shell is still outputting plain-dumb-dataless-text. promotes right on the homepage Everything is data so it's exciting to see and hope for a better future!

  • PsySH

    A REPL for PHP

    Why choose when you can have both in one lol... I testdrove it once, but not convinced (I think the "merged" 2-languages-in-1 is pretty funny but maybe it works for some people).

  • plan9port

    Plan 9 from User Space

    Folks here might be interested in the Plan 9 user interface and how its terminal and shell interacted. The rio terminal window is lacking control codes, but then allows the user to select back history and edit it for resubmission to the shell. A port of it is available under X via the Plan 9 from User Space port project (

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