Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Linux Unseen to the Naked Eye

People ask me all the time, is Linux an operating system? It's not. Its a kernel. The focal point of any operating system is its kernel but the kernel.

Let me put it this way...its like if you where to go over to your favorite Italian restaurant and get a pizza, the pan would be like your operating system. there are a lot of things that go into making pan pizza, tomato sauce, meat and cheese. well, the kernel is like the crust of the pizza. Without pizza crust, the meal doesn't exist. you have just a pan. a pan of just crust/doe would not sit well with most. so...without a kernel (crust of the pizza), an operating system doesn't exist (just a pan).Without programs (tomato sauce, meat and cheese), a kernel is useless (just crust/doe).

So when you power up say PcLinuxOs.93 or Myah Os 2.2 SE its not the Linux kernel you see but a GUI desktop. The O.S. PcLinuxOs.93 and Myah Os 2.2 SE are useing is called GNU.The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete UNIX-like operating system which is free software: the GNU system. Variants of the GNU operating system, which use the kernel called Linux, are now widely used; though these systems are often referred to as “Linux”, they are more accurately called GNU/Linux systems.Linux kernel 1.0.0 was released in 1994. It had 176,250 lines of code.

So what is the furture of GNU/Linux? Its anyones guess. It does have a long future a head so long as they don't became what they hate most. People complain about monopolies like Microsoft limiting choice, and yet, it would appear that some in the GNU/Linux world would like to do the same.Locking someone into open source is just as bad as locking someone into proprietary.


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