Linux: LSU Overview

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General Information

Linux is an operating system that freely releases its source code to anyone that wishes to use the Linux Kernal. When people say "Linux" they are usually talking about a specific Linux distribution. If you are talking about just the operating system the technical term is Linux kernel. A Linux distribution is considered to be the Linux kernel and a group of applications that have been put together in an easy installation package. There are a wide variety of Linux distributions, however, there are some common unifying elements. Linux tends to be lightweight, it is customizable, and Linux has a supportive user community because it is user-run.

All Linux Distributions Have
  • Standard Operating System
  • X Windows System (Graphical User Interface)
  • One or more Graphical Desktops (GNOME and KDE are the
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