NOT AN OPERATING SYSTEM!!!!!!!!

Linux is a KERNEL, NOT AN OPERATING SYSTEM started by Linus Torvalds in 1991 at University of Helsinki in Finland. Linux was at first just a hobby for Linus. Linux is free software.

It just so happened that just when Linux was getting usable, GNU had everything it needed except a kernel. Thus, people started using Linux with GNU to make a completely free UNIX-like operating system called GNU/Linux.

Today Linux and GNU/Linux have come a long way from the early 1990's, although they're still mostly used by geeks.
Linux is at version 2.6.xx as of mid 2005.
by a thing June 11, 2005

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A multiplatform operating system based on Unix
RedHat is a type of linux
by Arya F April 03, 2003

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One of the foremost and most powerful religions in the geek community.

The best and only worthwhile OS in the world.

Mr. Gate's worst nightmare.

Microsoft's pimp.
Non-Linux=Heretic
Windows=Devil's Spawn
Mac=Crazy Cult
by Doraemon1210 April 25, 2005

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Most Linux users understand the ups and downs of all OS possibilities. Linux is lacking in some areas (ie. gaming and ease), but is slowly making it's way into the home. It has the potential to be more stable and secure if you know what you are doing with it. I have found a happy medium. I use Slackware Linux 9.1 for servers and web browsing, MacOS 9.1 for graphics, and Windows XP for gaming.
The closed minded spend too much time hating those that oppose them.
by Matt January 18, 2004

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Possibly the best OS ever.
1.)Linux
2.)BeOS
3.)Unix
943.)Windows

Why would you rather have a window than a penguin?
I installed Linux on my computer.
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A UNIX operating system that will run on basically any computer hardware out there (even alpha). LINUX is one of the most stable operating systems ever created and has been known to run for years before needing a reboot.
The only thing that will kill a linux system is hardware or power failure.
by root@localhost August 23, 2003

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A very stable operating system that was created as an experiment by Linus Benedict Torvalds. He created it because he wanted to learn the inner workings of an operating system. He posted the code on the Internet for others to modify and share, and it spread like wildfire. It grew and grew and is growing every day. Although it is not as simple to use as Windows or Mac OS, it does have rock solid stability and is not uncommon to hear of systems running for many years without reboots. Many people who hate it do it to act cool, or because they dont understand it. Those who love it, love it because they understand that it may take a little while to get something working. Not those other impatient little bastards who want everyday on the double. It just needs time to get more user friendly.
Linux outperforms Windows in terms of stability.
by Giuseppe June 18, 2003

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A very stable operating system for people who want to run a server also fine for the average user. Is harder to use than windows but its worth it. Yes linux is behind when it comes to games, software and drivers. That is due to people not knowing what Linux is, also due to the fact that linux is free therefore the company does not make much money and due to lack of software developers. Simply imagine this, a operating system that doesnt crash and that preforms very well. If we piad for our Linux distrobutions and more software developer made programs, games and drivers for linux then we would acheive this. Alot of windows power users or complete morons have choosen to "bash" linux, please do not believe them, you have to be a moron to believe such crap.
Windows is a decent operating system with alot of software and alot of drivers for hardware but LINUX is more stable and preforms better and costs much less.
by A_C April 24, 2003

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