Linux / Unix: Generate A MD5 String

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I need to generate a md5 hash for given string. It will be used by shell script to generate keys for remote web service or cryptographic application. How do I generate a md5 hash based on any input string under Linux or Unix like operating systems?

How To Select Best Linux Desktop Application

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Q. I’m new to GNU/Linux world and a single query (apt-cache search office or yum search ‘office’) shows so many application for a single task such as network monitoring or office applications. The number of apps choices just confusing. How do you select application from so many choices?