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Old 10-29-2009, 06:20 AM   #1
kumars.nitin123
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Question IMP: How Linux like OS differ


Hi,

I need to know How the Linux like OS differ. And what should to be keep in mind if before using other OS.

Like if i have worked on Linux and now i sit to use CentOS..then what are the things to be considered in advance.
 
Old 10-29-2009, 11:09 AM   #2
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Hi,

I need to know How the Linux like OS differ. And what should to be keep in mind if before using other OS.

Like if i have worked on Linux and now i sit to use CentOS..then what are the things to be considered in advance.
CentOS IS linux. Just like openSUSE, RedHat, Ubuntu, etc., are all 'Linux'. There are small differences (hardware config tools, repos, etc.), but all are basically the same.

This sounds very much like a homework question...have you checked Google for such things?
 
Old 10-30-2009, 08:10 PM   #3
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"Linux" strictly speaking refers only to the kernel. More generally it refers to systems that use that kernel.

There are many distributions, made by different people and organisations. A distribution combines the Linux kernel with many other programs to create a usable operating system.

Distributions (or 'distros' for short) are differentiated by a few factors. Firstly, what programs (and versions) are used. For example, Ubuntu uses upstart during the boot process, whereas Arch Linux uses the BSD-style init.

Secondly, even when the same programs are used, configuration files can be located in different places.

But despite the differences, all distros are considered Linux.

As for things that are NOT Linux, but are similar - well the BSDs spring to mind. They don't use the Linux kernel, so they're not Linux. But they have many similarities, because they use the same design ideas.
 
  


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