What is Linux?

Before we get started let’s take a look at the history behind Linux. Linux is based off the Unix kernel. The Unix kernel was implemented in 1969 at AT&Ts Bell Laboratories by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Douglas Mcllroy, and Joe Ossanna in 1971. Unix was written entirely in assembly language. It was rewritten in C by Dennis Ritchie in 1973.

Linux was then Created by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Linux is a free, open source operating system. Linux is written in mostly C and some assembly. The OS source code can be modified for commercial or noncommercial use. Linux is used in all sorts of electronics such as phones, cars, refrigerators, DVRs, routers, and other devices. Linux is also used in supercomputers and servers. Android OS is based on the Linux kernel.

Linux uses different versions of Linux called distributions or distros for short. Linux distros are also lightweight and less resource heavy compared to Windows OS making most distros run fast on even lower end computers. Linux distros can be downloaded onto a usb drive or CD for free, or the CD can be purchased if desired. Unetbootin is a good program used to create Linux usb drives and CDs. Some popular Distros are Arch Linux, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mint. All distros are built around the Linux kernel.

Linux is very hands on making it a slightly less user friendly depending on the distro that you’re using. Installing programs(referred to as packages)can be a little difficult at first. Linux is alot harder to infect with hardware compared to Windows making it a relatively safe OS. Unlike Windows, Linux is case sensitive. A file with the name File.jpg and a file with the name file.jpg are two completely different files.

So it turns out Linux is used alot for alot of devices and super computers as well as being a desktop OS. Should you use Linux? After some getting used to it’s a decent desktop that is relatively secure. It’s free so you have nothing to loose. You can keep Windows on your computer when you install Linux giving your computer the option to use ether operating system. Installation guides can be found online.

Author: Craig Perez

I post about technology and other topics.

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