Linux. You have probably heard about this operating system over the years, but what is it really? What can you do with it? How do you get a copy?
Well, the answers are easier than you can possibly imagine.
Linux is a computer operating system that has been embraced by vendors, including Telos, Wheatstone and Orban. This operating system can be used to run almost any computerized hardware. It is used on phones, tablets, microphone processors, AoIP controllers and even your microwave oven.
This OS runs well on older computer hardware as well as new products. This allows engineers to breathe new life into older hardware and save money.
Best of all: Linux is free to use!
OPEN SOURCE CODE
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Linux is the base of a movement of free computer operating systems and software, and it has revolutionized computing in the new century by offering a stable and freely distributable alternative to Windows. An individual can load Linux on a computer or laptop and start working right away — there are office suites, scientific suites, Web browsers and other related items either packaged with the distribution or available for free download.
Its strength is that you can do just about anything with Linux. Since the source code is freely distributed with the operating system, people can make changes and configure it to their specific needs. Linux also keeps the cost of computerized hardware down because there is no licensing agreement.
Linux comes in various distributions. Perform an internet search and you will find hundreds of varieties of Linux available for download. I currently use Ubuntu due to the stability and ease of use.
The best advice I can give is this: Try a few different distributions and find what you are comfortable with.
Most major distributions will allow the downloading of a bootable live version. This version can be run entirely from either DVD or USB drives, without touching the computer you are running it on. This is a great way to test out Linux and also make sure that it will run properly on the hardware you have chosen. I highly recommend doing this before you install it on your computer.
There are some very specific uses of Linux, such as dedicated firewalls and NAS devices. If you can think of a use for Linux, someone probably has created a custom version to do just what you are looking for. Since Linux is open source, you can modify it as needed, even creating your own distribution if you wish!
There are numerous forums and support groups that will help you with almost any issue that may arise. Because Linux is open source, bug fixes and problem resolutions are often implemented a lot faster than in Windows.
The first stepLinux is to get a copy of it. All major distributions of Linux come…