"Since its creation in 1991 by Linus Torvalds to the present
day, Linux has been half operating system and half symbol. This
publicly licensed operating system has a sort of mystical aura
about it that's about as cool as you can get in the computer world.
Conquering Linux has been the right of passage for a generation of
"Under the skin of this icon lies a mere operating system, but
it's an operating system with a single staggering advantage. It's
free. Not free as in 'gee I hope nobody from Microsoft pokes around
inside my computer' but 'free' as in the entire core of the
operating system must be public domain..."
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