Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Let´s look at Linux for a minute (...or 3)

Looking at most of my articles, or any articles about Linux anywhere else for that matter, it may appear as if Linux is essentially the "vanilla" flavor distros deviate from by adding or removing this or that other ingredient. In other words, it may look like Ubuntu, Fedora or RedHat are Linux, when that´s not quite the case.

Linux is essentially just the Kernel, but only thanks to the GNU project did it become a complete operating system. In fact, Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux Kernel, acknowledged that he probably wouldn´t have created Linux in the first place had the GNU project Kernel been mature enough by 1991.

In any case, I think it is a good idea to step back for a minute and reflect on what Linux really is, as opposed to getting confused with all the distro and late mobile operating system talk. What is Linux? How is it developed? How successful is it? How fast is it growing? This little 3 minute video from the Linux Foundation should provide answers to those questions and more.


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