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What is Linux?

Neerav Narielwala
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Joined: Dec 08, 2006
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I am new to linux ...
Can anyone help me to explain me what is linux?
what are it's features?

Thanks in advance..

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Joe Ess

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Linux is a Unix-like operating system kernel. It is a trademark of Linus Torvalds, the original author and current caretaker of the Linux kernel. The kernel is packaged with other software to form a distribution. A linux distribution usually has a goal or philosophy, like emulating Windows (Linspire), running servers (RHEL) or firewalls/routers (SmoothWall) and so on. The distribution is really what determines the user experience (i.e. what window manager, web browser, editor, word processor and so on is installed).
[ December 19, 2006: Message edited by: Joe Ess ]

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Neerav Narielwala
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I agree. Here's the link:
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