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Linux Journal: Linux from the Beginning

Mar 04, 2000, 20:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hughes)

"... it's time to go back to the beginning and help the newcomers get up to speed on Linux evolution."

"... the operating system... could be thought of as the piece which makes the computer smart enough to run the application programs... The most popular operating system out there is Microsoft Windows... One alternative operating system is Linux... Linux itself is free because it is licensed under what is called the GNU Public License (GPL)..."

"The source code being free means you have the ability to customize Linux itself. While most users will never want to do this, there are two reasons why this is important. First, you don't have to worry about losing support for your particular distribution. If the manufacturer of your distribution goes out of business or decides to go into another business, there are no secrets as to what you bought. A consultant or another distribution vendor can pick up where your vendor left off."

"Finally, Linux distributions include a whole lot more in the form of plenty of other software."

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