Intro to Linux

26 05 2008

// Blogging starts on 26 May 2008 at 2:19 am (GMT+4). Hmm, this is my first post and i will start with a brief introduction of my favorite operating system which is Linux.

Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The kernel, at the heart of all Linux systems, is developed and released under the GNU General Public License and its source code is freely available to everyone. It is this kernel that forms the base around which a Linux operating system is developed.

Apart from the fact that it’s freely distributed, Linux’s functionality, adaptability and robustness, has made it the main alternative for proprietary Unix and Microsoft operating systems. IBM, Hewlett-Packard and other giants of the computing world have embraced Linux and support its ongoing development. Well into its second decade of existence, Linux has been adopted worldwide primarily as a server platform. Its use as a home and office desktop operating system is also on the rise.

Linux has an official mascot, Tux, the Linux penguin, which was selected by Linus Torvalds to represent the image he associates with the operating system. Tux was created by Larry Ewing and Larry has generously given it to the community to be freely used to promote Linux. Many people are not sure of the pronunciation of the word Linux. Although many variations of the word exist, often due to native language factors, it is normally pronounced with a short ” i ” and with the first syllable stressed, as in LIH-nucks.

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25 06 2008
michael wong

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9 08 2008
Marco

Greetings,

I am a freelance writer for Linux.com, Linux Journal and other magazines (you can easily find list of my articles via Google).

I am trying to contact as many Linux users in Mauritius as possible for a series of articles about usage of Free/Open Source software in African and Asian countries. Please contact me directly via email or through the Digifreedom.net website if interested.

Thank you for your time,

Marco Fioretti

7 12 2008
Ashesh

A warm welcome to the world of blogging.

A nice post to start with.

You are on the good track. Keep up in the cyberspace, you’ll achieve great heights 😀

9 05 2009
Nitish

Hello, I want to learn Linux here in Mauritius…can you tell me about a good basic course to start with and which institute can I learn it? Thanks…

9 05 2009
Host Intruder

Hello Nitish,
Check out Knowledge Seven Ltd.

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