So What is Linux?
There are many answers to this question! Much is written about how
Linus Torvalds developed Linux and what happened then.
The Linux system is a Unix-clone. A bare Linux system is just the
Operating system kernel, drivers for hardware, file system etc.
and quite a number of system programs. It would take less than
100Mb to install and you have a multiuser, networking, character
/ terminal based computer system and you could run it on an
old 386 pc.
But in the Linux concept we include a number
of other functions and programs also developed in the Open Source
community. So when we add the Free X11 system, a Window manager
and some other programs, then we have a complete modern and
nice desktop computer system. Linux software has matured
the last couple of years and there are a lot of quality programs
Linux is NOT ONE system, it is a modular system that becomes different
things depending on how you configure it. You might already
be running it on your TV set-top box without knowing it.
Read more here:
University of Helsinki - Department of Computer Science
Take a look at these links, or search the web, there are loads of linux information on the net.
What is Linux?
Good places to start your Linux learning.
Linux Newbie Help Files
Linux Documentation Project
Which Linux should you use?
There are more than 100 official Linux distributions around. Some commercial,
some as hobby-projects and everything in between.
The big distributions are often distributed as different compilation of Linux for
Specialized releases for desktop, server, mail server, firewall etc.
The different versions are usually easy and simple to install, quicker to install
than any Ms-windows installation. And it works with loads of hardware and computer boxes.
The big official distributions are packed with several hundreds of programs.
All you need for your Office use, to edit text documents, get on the Internet,
send and receive mails etc.
A long list here
Programs & Applications For your Desktop
Linux desktop environment.
Another Linux desktop environment.
Desktop themes for all major Window Managers/GUI's
The latest software releases & updates for Linux.
The Linux Kernel archives.Get the latest kernel here
More software install packages than you can ever use
The latest KDE, GUI/Windows-system and applications for Linux.
Scientific Applications on Linux.
Linux games database
Are there any applications that run on Linux?
Workstations standalone or,
Graphics and animation systems
Web Application Servers,
Cluster Computing and calculation,
There are thousands of applications running on Linux worldwide.
Everything from office packages, movie editing systems, scientific applications
and games. And more are appearing everyday.
What is Linux used for?
You may already use Linux without knowing about it. Linux is free for both
personal and commercial use and exist embedded in new home equipment without
anyone tells you. So Are you already a user ? maybe.
Linux may run your satellite or TV-set-top-box. You tell me!
There are no official sales list, statistics on usage or user list for linux
so everything would be guesses and estimates. But linux exists in a variety of
forms and has been fitted and implemented in a wide variety of computer chip things,
from clock-size to mainframe. Dedicated for a specific purpose or as a very general
So fundamentally anything that you use a computer for:
Applications exists in all types of areas, such as:
Many Company servers
Official governmental recommendations for software use (China, Argentina),
Resellers, Manufacturers, Retail, Financial, Trader Workstations,
Corporate Developers, and more...