Linux Operating System

Linux Operating System

Linux is an Operating System that was initially created by, Linux Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linux had an interest of Minix ( a small version of UNIX Operating System), and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his works in 1991 when he released version 0.02 and worked until 1994 when version 1.0 of Linux Kernal was released. The kernal is developed and released under the GNU General Public License and its source code is freely available to everyone. There are now hundreds of companies and organisations and an equal number of individuals that have released their own versions of operating systems based on the Linux Kernal.

Linux Operating System

Apart from the fact that it's freely distributed, Linux's functionality, adaptability and robustness, has made it the main alternative for proprietary Unix and Microsoft operating systems. Now, Linux has been adopted worldwide primarily as a server platform. Its use as a home and office desktop operating system is also on be incorporated directly into microchips in the process called "embedding" and is increasingly being used this way in appliances and divices.

Linux Operating System
 There are hundreds of places you can get Linux because there are hundreds of "versions" or distributions of Linux. If you think you might want Linux because you are considering alternatives to Microsoft Windows for everyday computer use, you may use a version of Linux called 'knoppix', which will boot from your CD drive and does not need to be installed. A Linux "distribution" is a version of the Linux operating system made especially by a company, organisations or individual. The one thing they all have in common is that they use the Linux kernal. From there on, each developer will add its own programs, tools and other applications. Some are dedicated to specific users while other are intended for the general public. 

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