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Linux

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See also: Operating Systems | Linux Distributions | *nix | POSIX

Also known as: GNU/Linux

A UNIX-like of operating system that is open-source and has been ported to more platforms than any other OS. Its distributions have become very popular in the last few years and have reached the status of being viable alternatives to other UNIX operating systems on the server level. It is also beginning to compete with the Microsoft Windows status as the most popular desktop. Linux is continually maintained and developed by a community of developers all over the world.

The popularity of Linux comes from its speed, security, openness, and compatability. Its invitation to collaboration has helped it to become a robust and flexible system for a variety of applications and with thousands of programs available for it. It is a proof-of-quality product of the open source movement and is licensed under the GPL.

It is named for its initial creator and still very active member, Linus Torvalds.

The following list of links is not complete as Linux is an enormous topic, possibly one of the largest on the Internet. With many different distributions, advocacy, authors, companies, as well as those who develop, test, and use Linux all over the world, it is nearly impossible to have an up-to-date and complete picture of Linux.





Other Info

Some platforms available with Linux:

Text editors are a major issue for DOS users who are refugeed in the Linux world. For such people, FTE would be an editor to look into.

See also Archives for some websites featuring Linux software.