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Old 04-04-2006, 10:30 PM   #1
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Generic questions.

A couple of months ago I made the decision to begin using Linux. Since then I have been browsing several Linux forums on a daily basis. I haven't asked many questions on any of them because I do not yet have the rudimentary skills to use much specific info. I have come up with a couple of generic questions on subjects that I've seen used in posts, in a very general form.

1. Front end and back end, I fell as though I have a vague idea what these are but do not know for certain.

2. Kernels, I know that there are many kernels out there and that they are different but how. I'm not looking for specific instances, just a general concept of how they may differ.

I hope this is not repeating often posted questions. If the answers to these questions is allready on this forum please point me to them. With the massive volume of posts I didn't know how to specifially search for such information.

Thank you for any answers.

Last edited by Creslin; 04-04-2006 at 10:36 PM.
Old 04-04-2006, 10:35 PM   #2
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Front end = User's interface
Back end = Computer's interface

All Linux kernels are the same for all significant purposes, apart from newer and older versions.

Time to quit thinking and start installing.
Old 04-05-2006, 10:33 AM   #3
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The linux kernel developers are constantly adding new features to the kenrels. However after adding a feature it takes some time to be tested before it can be considered stable.
Some people prefer an older kernel that's proven to be stable whereas others like the absolute newest kernel so they can use all the cutting edge features.

The kernel is like the engine in your car. As long as it's working, you don't have to worry about it. But some people like to tweak their engine for maximum performance, but standard drivers leave that to their mechanics.

For a newbie you'll be fine with whatever kernel comes with your chosen distro.
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All a you really need to know is that you probably won't have to worry too much about the kernel until you get into more advanced stuff and if you install the backend, install the front end.


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