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What You Should Know About Linux?

by: Ailene B. Misa | 09 Feb, 2010 04:55:19

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In my previous article, I mentioned that most of the computer-desktop or server, even mobile phones are using Microsoft software.  In general, many people concluded that Microsoft dominated almost all electronic devices.

However, some computers – desktop or server are running with Linux software. 

Linux?  If you are an ordinary end user, you might not be aware of this term.  But for those whom we called techie people, they know what I’m talking about.

In this article, I will try to explain clearly what Linux is and why you should have it.

For end users, let me give you an overview about Linux. 

Wikipedia defines Linux as: “a generic term referring to Unix-like computer operating systems based on the Linux kernel”.

Linux development is well known example of free and open source software.  Its source code can be used, modified and reproduced by someone for free.  It already exists in the market for several years.  Different version was already released.  Sadly, many people are still unaware of its benefits. 

How Linux started?

Linux operating system was created by Linus Torvalds, a student from University of Helsinki in Finland.  He is very much interested with Minix that he wanted to create a program that can go beyond the Minix standards.  In 1991, he released version 0.02.  In 1994, he released Linux Kernel version 1.0 in 1994. 

What is Kernel?

Kernel is considered as the heart of Linux system.  It is developed and released under General Public License (GNU) that is why it is available for free for everyone.  At present we have different Linux versions, each has their own version of operating system based on Linux kernel.

What is the use of Linux?

After it’s discovery, IT professionals start using Linux in different electronic applications.  Nowadays, Linux is commonly used in computers-from mobile phones, wristwatches, smart phones, desktop computers, servers and even mainframes. 

In 2007, there are only 12.7% servers in the market that are using Linux.  This increase to 60% in 2008, IT professionals concluded that this rapid increase in server applications is the result of Linux performance-more convenient and proficient for server applications.

However, there are few computer or desktop users who are using Linux. Lately, most newly manufactured computer or laptop has installed Linux operating system.

Since Linux offers a lot of features like its functionality, strength and malleability, and can be distributed for free it was now being used by giant computer manufacturer.  To name some, we have IBM, HP, Acer, Asus, etc.

After almost two decades, Linux was used worldwide for server applications.  Moreover, the use of this operating system for desktop and other electronic devices like is rapidly increasing. 

Linux advocates (they are users but they want to be called advocates instead), keeps on developing Linux to serve different user.  They tried to make something that will catch the attention of most users and to make it more easy to use even for beginners.  If you are familiar with Open Office and Mozilla, these are some of applications that can run in Linux.

After hearing all of these, you might be wondering or curious of its capabilities, you can browse the internet to know more about Linux. 

Why not download Linux and try using it.  Have your own Linux experience and see the difference.  Who knows you might become one of the Linux advocates.

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