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What is Linux And what Linux Have?

May 27, 2008 2 comments

Linux is the name usually given to any Unix-like computer operating system that uses the Linux Kernel. Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free software and open source development. Source code can be freely modified, used, and redistributed by anyone.

The system’s utilities and libraries usually come from the GNU operating system, announced in 1983 by Richard Stallman.

The nameLinux comes from the Linux kernel, started in 1991 by Linus Torvalds.

The GNU contribution is the basis for the alternative name GNU/Linux.

Predominantly known for its use in servers, Linux is supported by corporations such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell, Oracle Corporation, Red Hat, and Sun Microsystems.

It is used as an operating system for a wide variety of computer hardware, including desktop computers, supercomputers, E-book readers, video game systems such as the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, several arcade games, and embedded devices such as mobile phones and routers.

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