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Old 02-22-2013, 12:34 AM   #1
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What is linux?


what is linux?
 
Old 02-22-2013, 12:46 AM   #2
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux
 
Old 02-27-2013, 05:35 AM   #3
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Like Windows OS, Linux is a collective name of Unix based operating systems. It has a lot of flavours, out of which most populer are Slackware, debian, Redhat linux, Mint, CentOS, ubuntu... and many more.

Once check here.
 
Old 02-27-2013, 08:00 AM   #4
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what is linux?
It is a synonym for 42.
 
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:04 AM   #5
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It is a synonym for 42.
Unwarranted, unnecessary and not helpful.
Please remain on topic or keep yourself from posting,
TIA.
 
Old 02-27-2013, 09:13 AM   #6
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in the Linux Newbie forum and has been moved accordingly to help the OPs thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 02-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #7
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Like Windows OS, Linux is a collective name of Unix based operating systems.
Sorry, that's wrong.
  • Windows is not a 'collective name' for anything. It's Microsoft's name for their operating system.
  • And Linux is NOT based on Unix at all, but is Unix-LIKE. Read the Wikipedia entry as was previously posted.
 
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #8
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Windows is a collective name for operating systems (Windows NT and above) and DOS GUIs/extenders (Windows 0-3.11, 95,98,ME)
 
Old 03-02-2013, 07:09 AM   #9
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Can you elaborate what you need to know ?

If wikipedia does not answer you ....
 
Old 03-02-2013, 08:09 AM   #10
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Technically, Linux is the kernel for a UNIX-like OS. The name of the OS is GNU/Linux, although many just say Linux for short. Like Windows, it is an Operating System, which means that it is a collection of various programs that allow you to use your computer. Unlike Windows, GNU/Linux is open-source, which means that the source code is open for anyone to modify, to rectify. I can't fix a bug in Windows if I am not a licensed Windows developer, even if my modification is successful. It's illegal to modify proprietary software without prior permission from the party that created it. GNU/Linux allows you to alter your copy of Linux as you please, and even distribute it freely to others, as long as you grant them these same liberties. GNU/Linux can be sold, but the customers still have the right to give it out freely. Thus, GNU/Linux is free as in free speech, not a free car. Usually, however, GNU/Linux can be acquired for no cost.
 
Old 03-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #11
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Linux is an operating system that is descended from UNIX, an operating system for servers. Linux comes from Minix, which comes from System V and the Seventh release of UNIX respectively. Linux itself is a general name for a number of sub-groups of Linux; some of these include, Ubuntu, Slackware, Red Hat, Fedora, Mandriva, Knoppix, Suse, OpenSuse, Debian, and many others. Except for Suse and Red Hat, all of the systems on this list of OSs are free. Hope this helps. If you have any questions about this answer please feel free to ask.

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:21 AM   #12
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NO. "Linux comes from Minix" is false. And Minix does not come from System V or the seventh release.

Minix is a microkernel designed for teaching microkernel architecture and supports a UNIX like user environment. Neither is Linux, System V, or the UNIX seventh release a microkernel.

At most the Linux kernel implements the user space for a UNIX like system (mostly - there are a LOT of non-UNIX capabilities in there, and it doesn't implement all of the UNIX environment).

The GNU/Linux is a GNU (acronym stands for GNU is Not UNIX) user environment that has variants of many of the usual UNIX utilities. It is MOSTLY POSIX standard compiant, but not entirely.

The wikipedia article is more complete, and likely to have what you want to know.
 
Old 03-02-2013, 11:10 AM   #13
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NO. "Linux comes from Minix" is false. And Minix does not come from System V or the seventh release.

Minix is a microkernel designed for teaching microkernel architecture and supports a UNIX like user environment. Neither is Linux, System V, or the UNIX seventh release a microkernel.

At most the Linux kernel implements the user space for a UNIX like system (mostly - there are a LOT of non-UNIX capabilities in there, and it doesn't implement all of the UNIX environment).

The GNU/Linux is a GNU (acronym stands for GNU is Not UNIX) user environment that has variants of many of the usual UNIX utilities. It is MOSTLY POSIX standard compiant, but not entirely.

The wikipedia article is more complete, and likely to have what you want to know.
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This chart from a GNU/Linux Administration handbook proves what I'm saying.
 
Old 03-02-2013, 11:31 AM   #14
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That chart is just plain wrong.
Linux was not descended from anything it was created from scratch By Linus Torvalds (originally) as a way to use a Unix-like system without having to pay for Unix or Minix.
I'm guessing the book shows that relationship because Linus was said to have read Andrew Tanenbaum's book on operating system design before creating Linux. However, Tanenbaum himself criticised the design of Linux so it can hardly be thought of as much like the operating system he himself designed [Minix].
 
Old 03-02-2013, 12:23 PM   #15
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That chart is just plain wrong.
Linux was not descended from anything it was created from scratch By Linus Torvalds (originally) as a way to use a Unix-like system without having to pay for Unix or Minix.
I'm guessing the book shows that relationship because Linus was said to have read Andrew Tanenbaum's book on operating system design before creating Linux. However, Tanenbaum himself criticised the design of Linux so it can hardly be thought of as much like the operating system he himself designed [Minix].

I can see how Linux is UNIX like, though it isn't descended from UNIX; however, I would like to see proof that is from somewhere other than Wikipedia, Wikipedia is good, but can be unreliable at times. This chart is from GNU Linux Advanced Administration from the Free Technology Academy. I think that the companion to this book is on LQ's home page.

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