What is Linux? Using Linux IS Good or Not?

Linux is the best-known and most-used open-source operating system.

In many ways, Linux is similar to other operating systems you may have used before, such as Windows, OS X, or iOS. Like other operating systems, Linux has a graphical interface, and types of software you are accustomed to using on other operating systems, such as word processing applications, have Linux equivalents. In many cases, the software’s creator may have made a Linux version of the same program you use on other systems. If you can use a computer or other electronic device, you can use Linux.

But Linux also is different from other operating systems in many important ways. First, and perhaps most importantly, Linux is open-source software. The code used to create Linux is free and available to the public to view, edit, and—for users with the appropriate skills—to contribute to.

But Linux also is different from other operating systems in many important ways. First, and perhaps most importantly, Linux is open-source software. The code used to create Linux is free and available to the public to view, edit, and—for users with the appropriate skills—to contribute to.

What makes it different?

if you are new to Linux chances are you are a user of either Microsoft’s windows or apple’s Mac platform, Although mac uses BSD (Berkeley software distribution) at its root both mac and windows considered as the proprietary operating system, what’s that mean is:-

  • you cannot access that code of the operating system used to create it
  • You are not allowed to change the operating system at its most basic level to make it in a manner you like or for your own use or disable the things you don’t like
  • If the operating system has bugs you cannot fix it or you can neither explore security vulnerabilities  at its code level neither you are allowed to read bug reports
  • you cannot make your software for that operating system if its makers do not allow it

The points mentioned above might be useful for some categories users not for all but if you are a software developer then you will embrace this fact that the points mentioned above are must-have. if you might thinking that even if I can change the code of my operating system then whats a big deal ? you are wrong let me give an example, if you are in the 21st century then you must have heard about Google’s mobile operating system Android or the cloud systems that all tech giant’s uses runs on Linux at its core with different application layers. So it is worth having the power to design or to customize an operating system according to your own needs.

Now let’s talk about things at which Linux take over its competitors:-

  • Due to the fact that Linux is opensource, that means you need not to pay for any new version at any time
  • Linux is maintained by an amazing community of millions of developers around the globe this has itself many benefits.
  • If a security vulnerability is found it is parched much quickly than other operating systems as millions of people are maintaining it.
  • For server-side purposes, Linux has its command-line version to make things a little lighter on hardware.

History of Linux

Many people think that Linus Torvalds created Linux which is true but not the whole truth Linus Torvalds has designed its kernel not the whole operating system ,the first version of kernel is 1991 but the utility portion of the operating system already existed at that time which was designed by Gnu founder Richard stallman and its team, and they called it the GNU Operating system which was later combined with Linus’s  created kernel.

So when you are saying the only Linux you are referring to its kernel but when you say Linux distribution then you are referring to a complete operating system but as of general trend for sake of this article we will also refer Linux as a complete operating system rather than kernel only.

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