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What Is Linux: An Overview of the Linux Operating System

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The Birth of Linux
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What is Linux?

Linux is, in simplest terms, an operating system. It is the software on a computer that enables applications and the computer operator to access the devices on the computer to perform desired functions. The operating system (OS) relays instructions from an application to, for instance, the computer's processor. The processor performs the instructed task, then sends the results back to the application via the operating system.

Explained in these terms, Linux is very similar to other operating systems, such as Windows and OS X.

But something sets Linux apart from these operating systems. The Linux operating system represented a $25 billion ecosystem in 2008. Since its inception in 1991, Linux has grown to become a force in computing, powering everything from the New York Stock Exchange to mobile phones to supercomputers to consumer devices.

As an open operating system, Linux is developed collaboratively, meaning no one company is solely responsible for its development or ongoing support. Companies participating in the Linux economy share research and development costs with their partners and competitors. This spreading of development burden amongst individuals and companies has resulted in a large and efficient ecosystem and unheralded software innovation.

Over 1,000 developers, from at least 100 different companies, contribute to every kernel release. In the past two years alone, over 3,200 developers from 200 companies have contributed to the kernel--which is just one small piece of a Linux distribution.

This article will explore the various components of the Linux operating system, how they are created and work together, the communities of Linux, and Linux's incredible impact on the IT ecosystem.

Where is Linux?

One of the most noted properties of Linux is where it can be used. Windows and OS X are predominantly found on personal computing devices such as desktop and laptop computers. Other operating systems, such as Symbian, are found on small devices such as phones and PDAs, while mainframes and supercomputers found in major academic and corporate labs use specialized operating systems such as AS/400 and the Cray OS.

Linux, which began its existence as a server OS and Has become useful as a desktop OS, can also be used on all of these devices. “From wristwatches to supercomputers,” is the popular description of Linux' capabilities.

An abbreviated list of some of the popular electronic devices Linux is used on today includes:

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and 12

Garmin Nuvi 860, 880, and 5000

Google Android Dev Phone 1

HP Mini 1000

Lenovo IdeaPad S9

Motorola MotoRokr EM35 Phone

One Laptop Per Child XO2

Sony Bravia Television

Sony Reader

TiVo Digital Video Recorder

Volvo In-Car Navigation System

Yamaha Motif Keyboard

These are just the most recent examples of Linux-based devices available to consumers worldwide. This actual number of items that use Linux numbers in the thousands. The Linux Foundation is building a centralized database that will list all currently offered Linux-based products, as well as archive those devices that pioneered Linux-based electronics.

The Future of Linux

Linux is already successful on many different kinds of devices, but there are also many technological areas where Linux is moving towards, even as desktop and server development continues to grow faster than any other operating system today.

Linux is being installed on the system BIOS of laptop and notebook computers, which will enable users to turn their devices on in a matter of seconds, bringing up a streamlined Linux environment. This environment will have Internet connectivity tools such as a web browser and an e-mail client, allowing users to work on the Internet without having to boot all the way into their device's primary operating system--even if that operating system is Windows.

At the same time, Linux is showing up on mobile Internet devices (MIDs). This includes embedded devices such as smartphones and PDAs, as well as netbook devices--small laptop-type machines that feature the core functionality of their larger counterparts in a smaller, more energy-efficient package.

The growth of cloud computing is a natural fit for Linux, which already runs many of the Internet's web servers. Linux enables cloud services such as Amazon's A3 to work with superior capability to deliver online applications and information to users.

Related to Linux' growth in cloud computing is the well-known success of Linux on supercomputers, both in the high-performance computing (HPC) and high-availability (HA) areas, where academic research in physics and bioengineering, and firms in the financial and energy industries need reliable and scalable computing power to accomplish their goals.

Many of the popular Web 2.0 services on the Internet, such as Twitter, Linked In, YouTube, and Google all rely on Linux as their operating system. As new web services arrive in the future, Linux will increasingly be the platform that drives these new technologies.

The Birth of Linux

On August 25, 1991, a Finn computer science student named Linus Torvalds made the following announcement to the Usenet group comp.os.minux:

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby,
won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486)
AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is
starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things
people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it
somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system
(due to practical reasons) (among other things).

The “Minix” Torvalds referred to is a variant of the UNIX operating system, used as a guideline for his the free operating system he wanted to run on the x86-based consumer PCs of the day. “gnu” refers to the set of GNU (GNU Is Not Unix) tools first put together by Richard Stallman in 1983. UNIX, the operating system that started it all, had its origins in the old Bell Labs back in the early 60s.

Torvalds built the core of the Linux operating system, known as the kernel. A kernel alone does not make an operating system, but Stallman's GNU tools were from a project to create an operating system as well--a project that was missing a kernel to make Stallman's operating system complete. Torvalds' matching of GNU tools with the Linux kernel marked the beginning of the Linux operating system as it is known today.

Linux is in many ways still only at the beginning of its potential, even though it has enjoyed tremendous success since Torvalds' first request for help in 1991.

Linux has gained strong popularity amongst UNIX developers, who like it for its portability to many platforms, its similarity to UNIX, and its free software license. Around the turn of the century, several commercial developers began to distribute Linux, including VA Linux, TurboLinux, Mandrakelinux, Red Hat, and SuSE GMbH. IBM's 2000 decision to invest $2 billion in Linux development and sales was a significant positive event to the growth of Linux.

Today, Linux is a multi-billion dollar industry, with companies and governments around the world taking advantage of the operating system's security and flexibility. Thousands of companies use Linux for day-to-day use, attracted by the lower licensing and support costs. Governments around the world are deploying Linux to save money and time, with some governments commissioning their own versions of Linux.

The analyst group IDC has projected Linux will be a $49 billion business by 2011, and there are many indications in the market that this figure will be achieved.

The Code

Linux is also unique from other operating systems in that it has no single owner. Torvalds still manages the development of the Linux kernel, but commercial and private developers contribute other software to make the whole Linux operating system.

In this section, the parts of the Linux operating system will be examined.

The Kernel

All operating systems have kernels, built around the architectural metaphor that there must be a central set of instructions to direct device hardware, surrounded by various modular layers of functionality. The Linux kernel is unique and flexible because it is also modular in nature.

Modularity is desirable because it allows developers to shed parts of the kernel they don't need to use. Typically a smaller kernel is a faster kernel, because it isn't running processes it does not need.

If a device developer wants a version of Linux to run on a cell phone, she does not need the kernel functionality that deals with disk drives, Ethernet devices, or big monitor screens. She can pull out those pieces (and others), leaving just the optimized kernel to use for the phone.


The kernel of the Window operating system (which few people outside of Microsoft are allowed to look at without paying for the privilege) is a solidly connected piece of code, unable to be easily broken up into pieces. It is difficult (if not impossible) to pare down the Windows kernel to fit on a phone.

This modularity is significant to the success of Linux. The ability to scale down (or up) to meet the needs of a specific platform is a big advantage over other operating systems constrained to just a few possible platforms.

Modularity also effects stability and security as well. If one piece of the kernel code happens to fail, the rest of the kernel will not crash. Similarly, an illicit attack on one part of the kernel (or the rest of the operating system) might hamper that part of the code, but should not compromise the security of the whole device.

The Operating System

Developers need special tools (like the compilers and command lines found in GNU) to write applications that can talk to the kernel. They also need tools and applications to make it easy for outside applications to access the kernel after the application is written and installed.

This collective set of tools, combined with a kernel, is known as the operating system. It is generally the lowest layer of the computer's software that is accessible by the average user. General users get to the operating system when they access the command line.

Linux provides powerful tools with which to write their applications: developer environments, editors, and compilers are designed to take a developer's code and convert it to something that can access the kernel and get tasks done.

Like the kernel, the Linux operating system is also modular. Developers can pick and choose the operating tools to provide users and developers with a new flavor of Linux designed to meet specific tasks.

The Environments

The windows, menus, and dialog boxes most people think of as part of the operating system are actually separate layers, known as the windowing system and the desktop environment.

These layers provide the human-oriented graphical user interface (GUI) that enables users to easily work with applications in the operating system and third-party applications to be installed on the operating system.

In Linux, there a lot of choices for which windowing system and desktop environment can be used, something that Linux allows users to decide. This cannot be done in Windows and it's difficult to do in OS X.

Like the operating system and kernel, there are tools and code libraries available that let application developers to more readily work with these environments (e.g., gtk+ for GNOME, Qt for KDE).

The Applications

Operating systems have two kinds of applications: those that are essential components of the operating system itself, and those that users will install later. Closed operating systems, like Windows and OS X, will not let users (or developers) pick and choose the essential component applications they can use. Windows developers must use Microsoft's compiler, windowing system, and so on.

Linux application developers have a larger set of choices to develop their application. This allows more flexibility to build an application, but it does mean a developer will need to decide which Linux components to use.

The Distributions

This is the highest layer of the Linux operating system: the container for all of the aforementioned layers. A distribution's makers have decided which kernel, operating system tools, environments, and applications to include and ship to users.

Distributions are maintained by private individuals and commercial entities. A distribution can be installed using a CD that contains distribution-specific software for initial system installation and configuration. For the users, most popular distributions offer mature application management systems that allow users to search, find, and install new applications with just a few clicks of the mouse.

There are, at last count, over 350 distinct distributions of Linux.


Code is contributed to the Linux kernel under a number of licenses, but all code must be compatible with version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2), which is the license covering the kernel distribution as a whole. In practice, that means that all code contributions are covered either by GPLv2 (with, optionally, language allowing distribution under later versions of the GPL) or the three-clause BSD license. Any contributions which are not covered by a compatible license will not be accepted into the kernel.

Copyright assignments are not required (or requested) for code contributed to the kernel. All code merged into the mainline kernel retains its original ownership; as a result, the kernel now has thousands of owners.

One implication of this ownership structure is that any attempt to change the licensing of the kernel is doomed to almost certain failure. There are few practical scenarios where the agreement of all copyright holders could be obtained (or their code removed from the kernel). So, in particular, there is no prospect of a migration to version 3 of the GPL in the foreseeable future.

It is imperative that all code contributed to the kernel be legitimately free software. For that reason, code from anonymous (or pseudonymous) contributors will not be accepted. All contributors are required to "sign off" on their code, stating that the code can be distributed with the kernel under the GPL. Code which has not been licensed as free software by its owner, or which risks creating copyright-related problems for the kernel (such as code which derives from reverse-engineering efforts lacking proper safeguards) cannot be contributed.

Questions about copyright-related issues are common on Linux development mailing lists. Such questions will normally receive no shortage of answers, but one should bear in mind that the people answering those questions are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice. If you have legal questions relating to Linux source code, there is no substitute for talking with a lawyer who understands this field. Relying on answers obtained on technical mailing lists is a risky affair.


Linux communities come in two basic forms: developer and user communities.

One of the most compelling features of Linux is that it is accessible to developers; anybody with the requisite skills can improve Linux and influence the direction of its development. Proprietary products cannot offer this kind of openness, which is a characteristic of the free software process.

Developer communities can volunteer to maintain and support whole distributions, such as the Debian or Gentoo Projects. Novell and Red hat also support community-driven versions of their products, openSUSE and Fedora, respectively. The improvements to these community distros are then incorporated into the commercial server and desktop products from these companies.

The Linux kernel itself is primarily supported by its developer community as well and is one of the largest and most active free software projects in existence. A typical three-month kernel development cycle can involve over 1000 developers working for more than 100 different companies (or for no company at all).

With the growth of Linux has come an increase in the number of developers (and companies) wishing to participate in its development. Hardware vendors want to ensure that Linux supports their products well, making those products attractive to Linux users. Embedded systems vendors, who use Linux as a component in an integrated product, want Linux to be as capable and well-suited to the task at hand as possible. Distributors and other software vendors who base their products on Linux have a clear interest in the capabilities, performance, and reliability of the Linux kernel.

Other developer communities focus on different applications and environments that run on Linux, such as Firefox,, GNOME, and KDE.

End users, too, can make valuable contributions to the development of Linux. With online communities such as, LinuxQuestions, and the many and varied communities hosted by distributions and applications, the Linux user base is an often vocal, usually positive advocate and guide for the Linux operating system.

The Linux community is not just a presence online. Local groups known as Linux Users Groups (LUGs) often meet to discuss issues regarding the Linux operating system, and provide other local users with free demonstrations, training, technical support, and installfests.


Linux is an operating system that is comprised of many different development languages. A very large percentage of the distributions' code is written in either the C (52.86%) or C++ (25.56%) languages. All of the rest of the code falls into single-digit percentages, with Java, Perl, and Lisp rounding out the rest of the top 5 languages.

The Linux kernel itself has an even more dominant C presence, with over 95 percent of the kernel's code written in that language. But other languages make up the kernel as well, making it more heterogenous than other operating systems.

The kernel community has evolved its own distinct ways of operating which allow it to function smoothly (and produce a high-quality product) in an environment where thousands of lines of code are being changed every day. This means the Linux kernel development process differs greatly from proprietary development methods.

The kernel's development process may come across as strange and intimidating to new developers, but there are good reasons and solid experience behind it. A developer who does not understand the kernel community's ways (or, worse, who tries to flout or circumvent them) will have a frustrating experience in store. The development community, while being helpful to those who are trying to learn, has little time for those who will not listen or who do not care about the development process.

While many Linux developers still use text-based tools such as Emacs or Vim to develop their code, Eclipse, Anjuta, and Netbeans all provide more robust integrated development environments for Linux.

The Business of Linux

In 2008, IDC analyst Al Gillen cited a nearly 24 percent annual growth rate for the Linux industry, which puts a $21 billion 2007 technology at $49 billion in 2011. The companies involved in Linux include industry leaders such as IBM, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Intel, Hitachi, NEC, and Novell. All have all invested time, talent, and resources to bettering Linux on their own and through the Linux Foundation.

If Linux is free of cost, how does a Linux company generate revenue?

One example of how a Linux business works: while nearly all of a Linux distribution's code is available for free download, the time and cost involved in actually downloading all of that code and putting it together in a cohesive and functional manner is significantly high.

To avoid the timesink and the learning curve required to accomplish such a task, users can simply pay a distribution maker for the convenience of not having to build a free Linux from scratch. Businesses and individual users benefit from the distributors' expertise in putting all of the free Linux code into an easy-to-use set of packages.

Another source of revenue for companies is ongoing commercial support for Linux. In fact, some distributions will allow users to download their software free of charge and build their entire revenue model on a services and support business plan.

Linux is a platform that can generate revenue, all while still being free. Customers gain the knowledge that they are paying directly for support and convenience, and will always have a choice of which Linux systems will work for them best.

Getting Started

For general information on Linux, visit

For video tutorials and information, visit

For knowledge and info on developing for Linux, check out the Linux Developer Network at

To learn more about the business of Linux and the Linux Foundation, stop by

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    Is Linux an operating system? I thought it is the KERNEL.

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    @Bazza Stallman likes to confuse people. Linux is by definition the operating system layer. GNU's programs are the userland or application layer.

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    Ubuntu E-mail this Term A community-developed Linux-based operating system that can be used on desktops, laptops and servers. The operating system includes a variety of applications including those for word processing, e-mail applications, Web server software and also programming tools. Ubuntu is free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates. It also comes with full commercial support from Canonical. Ubuntu is available in both a desktop and server edition. here's the link

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    LINUX is what an operating system is supposed to be, bootable from a live operating system disk, easily installed, the newer versions have graphical user interfaces that make them manageable for unaccustomed users like me, that were taught on basic dos systems. The inclusion of the technically minded in the development approach may hopefully lead to the standardization of operating system function to permit normal people the opportunity to improve the potential of their own computers, and by extension the capability of personal computers in general, unlike Windows, which seems bent on making it impossible for even the best technicians to keep the boat-anchors from sinking. I've already used the live operating system disk to repair failed windows systems for people that would otherwise not have been able to afford the necessary technical support. Windows keeps failing more frequently, and getting progressively more expensive to service. LINUX seems to be the TIMEX of operating systems, ("takes a licking and keeps on ticking") and seems to be the next step in the chain if people like me are going to be able to keep using computers without a million dollar bankroll. It's a premium technical asset, and it seems a lot of catching-up is on my own plate in order to learn how to use it properly. To the creators of LINUX, well done, that's one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind. compliments.

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    As I said above, Stallman likes to confuse people. Linux is by definition the operating system layer. GNU's programs are the userland or application layer. Anyone who is not a newb knows this. (People with actual computer science degrees)

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    Dear Sir , LINUX is what an operating system is supposed to be, bootable from a live operating system disk, easily installed, the newer versions have graphical user interfaces that make them manageable for unaccustomed users like me, that were taught on basic dos systems. The inclusion of the technically minded in the development approach may hopefully lead to the standardization of operating system function to permit normal people the opportunity to improve the potential of their own computers, and by extension the capability of personal computers in general, unlike Windows, which seems bent on making it impossible for even the best technicians to keep the boat-anchors from sinking. Thanks & Regards Dinesh Rao Ph : 09729676868

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  • ashish Said:

    admin kindly update the intro stuff...........its almost 2014

  • Chico Said:

    Just get on with explaining the different 'flavors' of the Linux OS. Just a lot of babble here!!!

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    How do i go by getting this Operation System called Linux

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  • Evelyn Said:

    Which application can I develop for an organisation to improve the quality of processing information

  • kyle Said:

    Dear Sir , LINUX is what an operating system is supposed to be, bootable from a live operating system disk, easily installed, the newer versions have graphical user interfaces that make them manageable for unaccustomed users like me, that were taught on basic dos systems. The inclusion of the technically minded in the development approach may hopefully lead to the standardization of operating system function to permit normal people the opportunity to improve the potential of their own computers, and by extension the capability of personal computers in general, unlike Windows, which seems bent on making it impossible for even the best technicians to keep the boat-anchors from sinking. Thanks & Regards Dinesh Rao Ph : 09729676868

  • peter Said:

    I have a pc with Windows OS. I am interested in Linux primarily because of possible access to Openfoam free CFD software that requires a Linux operating system. If I download Linux OS will it take over exclusively as the operating system, will my Windows related software function as usual, will I have much of a learning process to become familiar with Linux?

  • Himanshu Said:

    Linux is the best os in the world..

  • T.L.W Said:

    It sounds like a "trojan horse" program. Make it interchangable between as many systems and devices as possible, make it as affordable as possible, ; free would suffice", that way people will want it to work, and as such would overlook obviouse anomalies that would normaly draw attention.then let it saturate throu the market, and products for a number of years to let it get such a hold on the situation that it can't be reversed... classic "TROJAN HORSE" material.

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    Linux operating system is the best lang. as compare to other languages.

  • kingsmoks Said:

    hi , every body. I think, i have been trouble with Linux OS. the way u talk about. too. 1. in my phone have the word (Linux ) too. 2. i think , i will share this knowlauage to the other too in our land . 3 .. Communication in the world wide , all knowlauage is false .nothing can be true. And now , i don't know what is true knowlauage and what words is false. Thanks. for the Answer of Linux. God bless all.

  • kingsmoks Said:

    And i think so , Linux OS is the best one in the world. and want to thank to Xdadaveloper forum.push me to know about the OS .

  • Patricia mahwibila Said:

    This was a very good way to have a better understanding about the linux.. I really appreciate, I had also found it easly to study using the information provided!

  • youjizz Said:

    Unnecessary to say, Beatrice is a nominal 'radiating', and warned by her testor (Maggie Q) that she must keep this notice cryptic lest she be the make subordinate youjizz of a witchhunt led by the conductor of the snobbish Lettered clique Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet).

  • arun Said:

    Is LINUX a free OS ? Will it meet all requirements which Windows provides ? what is equivalent to Microsoft Office ?

  • ravina Said:

    what are the different user interface provided by linux?

  • Linux Said:

    Learning a new skill can be a challenge, especially when the topic seems so vast. I visit this website and it's very good website

  • S K G Rao Said:

    Now that Windows XP is going out from 8th April how to switch over to Linux operating system since no other system is in any way superior to Linux and free.

  • snotyy face Said:

    what is windows...whats a computer please I have no clue????

  • fred Said:

    can this system be used on a Dell Inspiron 530s, i have windows xp which is no longer supported

  • vijay Said:

    Is it helpful In taking job ..... nd from where I have to learn dis I have persuing in btech 4th yr

  • oliver Said:

    I never seen as much poor spelling and gram in a forum such as this. You people sound like a bunch of retards.

  • donald Said:

    i want to linux backward and forwards top to bottom left to right without having a lot of technical understanding is this a doable thing? what is the latest operating system available and what is the cost of the program?

  • Suraj Said:

    Hey guys have you know about ubuntu? Then please tell, Which company made this operating system. And how to check the status of wifi and how to connect with wifi?

  • ThatGuy Said:

    Alright. So basically Linux is just an operating system layer and not an entire operating system?

  • rashid Said:

    This is really helpful for the people....

  • al_imran_akanda Said:

    Is Linux better than other OS? Such as: Windows, Mac, Unix etc.

  • al_imran_akanda Said:

    Is Linux better than other OS? Such as: Windows, Mac, Unix etc.

  • Tony Said:

    witch is best to or Linux..???

  • MooGamer Said:

    Windows is usually used for gaming and more casual needs, while Mac or Linux is appropriate for work and such.

  • archbishopofbanterbry Said:

    i am the king of banter and you can not comment my religion , the mighty banter!



  • sunny Said:

    I am rendering my services in a garment textile since last 8 years but now I love to join IT field one of my friend advice me that I commencing JAVA certificate short & others LINUS please be advice which one of these better of me because I am so much confused? Kindly advice

  • Chalmers Said:

    Oh my holy fucking God, the concept of grammar and correct spelling is lost on these people, intelligence is a word that does not work in the ways that have been used here, also dis and this are literally two letters apart. How can you possibly be either that lazy or stupid to spell it that way

  • ram pawar Said:

    linux is good.................''''''''''

  • fred Said:

    you guys no talk to me you mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sam Said:

    suck it ted and fred you bolth need to shut the fuck up you gas holes

  • fred Said:

    ted sam i will find u and beat the living shit out of both of you

  • Parvez Said:

    Please explain me what is the Linux? Is it an Operating System or a Kernel?

  • tanner Said:

    The cloud is where everyone puts their data to make it easier for the NSA (Nat'l Spy Agency) & makes it easier for Apple, Microsoft, & Android (Google) to comply and be complicit with the NSA's around the globe; so keep it in the cloud where your minds are.

  • Nani Said:

    Hai one and all What are the main steps in Linux? What is the difference between Linux and unix?

  • Moshi Said:

    Question!!!! Who is the author of this? Please is for my computers homework!!!!!!!

  • Brodie Said:

    Thank you for your assistance. I'm studying IT and this helped me with my coursework on operating systems :) I really appreciate this!

  • Indie Said:

    What are the two types of user interface available in a typical Linux operating system

  • John Said:

    Lesson to kick it in the stick .just a little hint .its by brantly gildert for the containers out their .if she is with a guy good way to find out bought the boys round here respect a man's wife as he would the same to you.

  • james Said:

    linux operating system is an good for internet user we need Linux to be improve

  • Stupid Man Said:

    This is the dumbest comment board I have ever seen. And I'm one of the dummies for reading it down to the bottom.

  • mr. nobody Said:

    hahaha lmao epic comments so irrelevant from the topic... when are you kids going to grow up ?

  • Tam Said:

    Fred and ted and Sam all suck black ball from russia

  • Frogalog Said:

    Linux is just a kernel. It is not an operating system by itself. It is part of other operating systems such as GNU/Linux and Android. These are not Linux-based operating systems. "Linux-based" means "based on the Linux operating system". These are better described as "Linux-equipped" since they are equipped with Linux the kernel and not based on it.

  • ravi shnkar sharma Said:

    I need information abt a how to install linux os in pc.....and how to use it......thn how to install apps software in linux pls....reply soon and send commands of linux

  • jai prakash sharma Said:

    I need information abt a how to install linux os in pc.....and how to use it......thn how to install apps software in linux pls....reply soon and send commands of linux

  • Justin Said:

    Mod, there is a text problem. Third page, second paragraph: "Minix" / “Minix” .

  • deez nuts Said:

    ffs this comment section is worse than 4chan and YouTube combined.

  • deez nuts Said:

    scrolling through this shit... WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? YOU ARE ALL BEYOND RETARDED

  • Jackson Said:

    What does linux have that windows doesn't?

  • Dong Said:

    Freedom, not as "Buy Me A Beer" Freedom, but true freedom to do what you want, how you want.

  • naasir abbas Said:

    I want to learn all about Linux . can u tell me plzz which book or notes I may buy for it ?

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