Our free computer basics training lesson today will be all about Linux computer operating systems. Am sure you already know what an operating (OS) is and its functions on your PC. If you don’t know, never mind; you’ll be able to read all about it on this site or when you sign up for your free computer training book and lessons right here today!
Linux is a relative newcomer to the computer operating system world. It is based on Unix technology developed as part of a programmer’s dream of freeware operating systems that people could download, analyze, change, and then re-distribute.
The first Linux operating systems were completed in the early years of 1992 by combining system utilities and libraries from the GNU program which was another freeware based operating system, as we have previously discoursed in one of our free computer basics training lessons.
Ever since its arrival, Linux has gained the support of corporations like IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, and Novell. Linux is predominantly known for its use in servers. It is used as an operating system for a wider variety of computer hardware than any other computer operating system you can think of.
Linux is used on desktop computers, super computers, mainframes, and embedded devices such as cell phones. It is packaged for different uses in Linux distributions which contain the Linux kernel along with a variety of other software packages tailored to specific requirements.
Incidentally, many people today, feel that Linux OS is only for use by computer experts. This thought came about because many mainstream computer magazine reporters cannot explain Linux in simple terms. This is mainly because they lack experience using the system. While Linux is growing in popularity, adoption of it as an operating system by regular computer users has not been as easy as its developers had hoped.
That’s because changing over from another computer OS like Microsoft Windows OS is often difficult. Plus, many software programs are designed to run on Windows OS only. However, significant progress continues to be made towards hardware compatibility to give the general public a wider range of options.
However, advocates of the Linux operating system say it is one of the most exciting products in the world of computer today. It is a secure system to use, low cost, and provides an outlet from vendor lock-in. Linux operating systems was originally developed as a freeware product and remains free in most cases.
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However, some big corporations have established business models that involve selling, supporting, and contributing to Linux and free software programs. A number of companies offer a specialized version of Linux which adds support packages to the system software itself. A great advantage of Linux OS is that the desktop software that is in high demand is usually of high quality in the computer industry.
This includes word processing programs, spreadsheets, e-mail clients, and web browsers. They have software applications that are comparable to such products as Microsoft Office, just to mention a few.
Linux is remarked by computer experts as the future of computer operating systems. With the near monopoly of Microsoft Corporation and its unique Windows operating system, this is generally thought of as a great sign that people will have more choices in the nearest future when it comes to their computers and the operating systems to run on them. And on that note, we conclude our free computer basics training lesson today. Hope you enjoyed it?