Linux explained quickly and easily

Linux is an operating system based on the Linux kernel. The associated software is mostly from GNU. The distribution was first developed by Linus Torvald in the early 1990s. He distributes Linux under his own license. Commercial use is excluded. That changes when Torvald places Linux under the GNU, the General Public License. With this step, the first free operating system with the possibility of commercial use is created. It is quickly becoming the established operating system on servers, embedded systems and smartphones. In the field of desktop PCs, the introduction is proceeding hesitantly. This improves with the introduction of the graphical user interface, which is operated in a similar way to Microsoft’s Windows. Today the program is the fourth most used operating system.

The distribution is usually available free of charge and can be used in parallel with a second operating system. Various versions are available on the market. Depending on the area of application, these differ in the actual operating system, the Linux kernel as well as in the supplied software. The graphical user interface is also adapted to individual needs and is available in different versions. An example of this is the Linux distribution Mint, which is available in the versions Cinnamon and Mate. Complete Linux distributors such as Ubuntu are easy to install, even for computer novices.

The hardware support under the operating system is the main point of criticism. Hardware manufacturers rarely supply drivers for this operating system. It is classified as a secure system. Worms and viruses often don’t stand a chance. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that this operating system has a strict subdivision of access rights, on the other hand, anyone can study the source code. Security gaps are recognized and eliminated earlier.

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