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.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.
If you need commercial-quality software to work with business documents, Internet/networking, or multimedia and graphics, it's in Linux right out of the box. Want more than that? Linux can do it; there are hundreds of free, high-quality applications you can find and install easily. You shouldn't assume however, that Linux is a clone of Windows. To know what to expect when stepping into it, this article will help you with the basics of switching to Linux.
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