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Linux – Let's Be Different
|by Ashwin Acharya|
There is one word going around in the industry lately - Linux. Serious pros claim it to be a delight to use as compared to windows. Laymen say it is too difficult to use. Most people are too afraid to even try their hand at Linux. Its reputation just frightens them.
Actually, there is nothing difficult about using Linux. It definitely is not as easy to use as Windows but there are a lot of other advantages. My main reason in trying out Linux was to rebel against the monopoly held by Mr. Bill Gates. Once I started off, I found that there is precious little to guide newbies. Who the heck wants to configure the Apache web server etc?? I just wanted to know how to use Linux in a normal day-to-day fashion.
This series of articles actually attempts to teach you the basics of Linux that you would really need. How to install, how do I get on the net (just a little bit more difficult than windows) etc. We won't attempt to teach you the heavy-duty stuff. The basics are all you'll get.
Linus Torvalds invented Linux in the early 80s. This Finnish student decided that he did not like to buy Unix or any of its many clones. Linux is essentially a derivation of Minix. (Hence pronounced "Lih-nucks") It forms the basis of the GNU open source software and the copy-left principles.
What makes Linux so popular?
There are many reasons. The first is flexibility. You can make Linux dance on its toes - if you know how. The presence of source code allowed you to make changes and compile it in any way to suit you best.
The main hitch in Linux is installing it. The portioning required is pretty difficult not to mention dangerous as a single mistake can result in a loss of data (believe me I have done it). But it also gives you a lot of pleasure to do something with it (so that you can tell all your friends).
So if you are with me, next time we will find out more about this OS and learn how to install it.
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