Facts About Linux

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Linus Benedict Torvalds, a 21 year old Finnish college student created operating system Linux. It was made public on August 25, 1991. A penguin named Tux is the official mascot of Linux. Linus named the software Freax (freak + unix), but his friend uploaded first public version of operating system into a folder that he named Linux. Linux today is one of the most widely used operating system running on small computers to huge servers.

Linux is open source operating system and millions of people around the world contribute to Linux development. Linux provides platform to developers, academic centers, government concerns and many other businesses and it is available with free license and supports changes as compared to other operating systems. It is quite flexible as it allows it users to use parts that they require for particular application or device they are working on. Linus continually works on the developments of kernel, but today his part of the original contribution is less than 2%. World known companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linked in etc use Linux as their main operating system. Android phones are powered by Linux. Your banks, credit cards and your government computers are powered by Linux.  Linus Torvalds also invented version control software called Git which became biggest thing in IT world. Interesting Wired article about GitHub and Linus (for IT users).

Linus Torvalds / Wired

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  1. Edubuntu is just Ubuntu with added packages, for sclhoos. Kubuntu (KDE) is just a different GUI than Ubuntu (GNOME), which can be downloaded and installed with Ubuntu.You could try Fedora. (Google search, of course)Some people like SuSE Linux.Those seem to be the novice friendly ones. (Or the ones off the top of my head)Try searching for a website called Distrowatch, they have a big list. Then it’s up to you.I’ve also ran Ubuntu on a desktop with 128Megs of RAM, It ran slow, but it worked, but then again, I installed it, not ran it off the CD. Sooner or later you might consider building your own distro to suit your own needs.

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