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Quickie overview of Linux: some stuff you need to know.

Linux is a mature, very powerful operating system. It was started in about 1991 and version 1.0 was released in 1994. It is a sort-of clone of UNIX.
UNIX is a powerfull multi-user, multi-tasking operating system that has been around since the 1960s. Yes that's right, the 1960s. Thats when computers took up a whole room or building and Bill Gates was still a kid. UNIX was designed to be stable and powerfull and the military uses it exclusively and has payed big bucks to promote its development. Linux is similar to UNIX in many ways, and if you are familiar with UNIX, you can easily use Linux without too much adaptation. UNIX-type operating systems are the most stable operating systems that exist today. Some UNIX and Linux systems have been known to run at constant heavy usage for over a year, with no reboots to the system. Some other popular UNIX variants are FreeBSD, MacOS X, and others. That's enough history, so on to the good stuff.

Linux will take some getting used to for Winders users, but after you put the effort in to learn to use it, you will find that you can be much more productive with it than with Winders. You will also find that you can easily adapt to most of the other operating systems out there, as they all use basically the same design concepts as Linux (MacOS X included). Winders is the "oddball" on the operating system field. Even though everyone is familiar with it, it is differently designed from the other systems. You will also find that you have saved thousands of dollars on software because 95% of Linux software is distributed free of charge, with the source code included. And unlike Winders, adding extra software to you Linux system will not slow it down. I have loads of software on my system and it operates at the same speed that it did the day I installed it. Linux has powerful filesystem support, excellent memory and resource management, and is faster than Winders and many other operating systems. Linux runs on many different platforms, including:
Intel and compatibles, PowerPC(Mac), Digital Alpha, Sun SPARC, ARM/StrongARM, MIPS, Playstation2, Sega Dreamcast, Xbox, Apple Ipod (no joke!), and many PDAs. Scaled down versions are run on some hi-tech wristwatches, cellphones, network routers, DVD players, some high-end DV video cameras, TiVO boxes, and many other electronic items that you would never expect.

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