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Old 08-09-2012, 04:32 AM   #1
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hi! my name is Salim and i want to tell to Linux company how Linux is grate and it is good to make more Linux software.
 
Old 08-09-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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Hi, Salim, welcome to LQ and welcome to Linux.

There isn't a Linux "company" as such. There are literally hundreds of Linux distributions, many of them put together by companies along with many others put together by groups of interested individuals or even by one person working alone. You submitted your post to LQ's Newbie forum; a little down the list of Forums you'll find Distributions and, within that, sub forums for quite a few distinct "flavors" of Linux (the "flavor" is an individual distribution, such as Linux from Scratch, Slackware, Debian and many others). The distributions include, pretty much, the same software -- the programs you actually use -- plus, in many cases, customized software to satisfy some particular philosophy or purpose of the individual developers of a given distribution.

The great thing about Linux is that you can easily try out different distributions (for no or low cost) and decide which one fits your needs and your way of doing things. There are two choices down the right-hand side of the LQ menu, Distro Reviews and Downloads where you can find a great deal of information and opinion about different Linux distributions and, when one tickles your fancy, a place to download the software so you can try it out. Pretty neat, eh?

Beyond the software provided with the various distributions there are thousands of applications you can download and install in a Linux system -- that might even be hundreds of thousands -- and most of them are available at no cost.

And, the best thing about LQ? You can get the help of a large number of people with any problems you may have, all you have to do is ask.

So, read a few things, try a few things, read about how to do things and ask questions when you need help.

Mostly, have fun.

Hope this helps some.
 
Old 08-09-2012, 10:06 AM   #3
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Hi Salim,

There isn't really a single "Linux company". Linux is the open source kernel originally developed by Linus Torvalds. Many other open source packages for the various commands used are developed by many others and all are generally called FOSS (Free Open Source Software). Much of it uses the GNU Public license (which now has multiple versions) or another public license or artistic license.

Linux can be installed by getting the source and compiling everything yourself. (See something like LFS [Linux from Scratch]) but many different organizations or companies have already created distributions based on the way they think things should be or for commercial reasons. Some of the more common distros are:
RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL this is the commercial derivation of the original Redhat)
Fedora (This is the non-commercial derivation of the original RedHat - used as a test bed for much of what ends up in RHEL
CentOS (Non commercial recompilation of RHEL Source)
SuSE (Mainly intended as a Commercial distribution)
Debian
Ubuntu (This is actually a derivation of Debian)
Slackware
Gentoo
Mandriva
Cygwin (This is a Linux distribution that can be loaded on top of MS-Windows)

There are literally hundreds of distributions.
 
  


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