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Linux Operating System : 11 FAQs

Linux is an Open-source operating system. Google’s android, which is made of Linux has 2.5 billion users. 90% of whole market! Lets see some more interesting facts of this thing!

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1. What is Linux?

Answer: Linux is an operating system, like Windows, Mac OS.

2. What is an Operating System?

Operating System helps to connect the hardware and software of any devices with you.

3. How is Linux different from the other OS?

To understand this, you have to know how the Operating System works. An OS is a program that manages the computer hardware. It also provides basic application programs and acts as an intermediary between the user and computer hardware. THE MOST AMAZING THING IS HOW VARIED THEY ARE TO ACCOMPLISH THESE TASKS. Personal Computer operating system supports complex games, business application, and everything in between. Operating System provides an interface to execute programs.

Like other Operating Systems Linux provides that interface to run programs but unlike any other OS (like Windows, Mac OS) it’s totally free and customize-able. It makes Linux different.

4. Now, we know that Linux is free. But how and why it’s free?

We have to know some technical terms to know that. Let’s check this out.

The Linux operating system comprises several different pieces:

4.1

Boot-loader

– This software manages the boot process of your computer. For most of the users, this will simply be a black blank screen that pops up and just goes away to load the operating system.

4.2

Kernel

– This is the base-level of any operating system. We call it Linux because of its kernel. Whole thing is called Linux Operating System Kernel. Kernel means seeds. It is the core of the system. And it basically manages the processor, RAM, and peripheral devices.

4.3

Init system

– This is a sub-system that loads the user space and is charged with controlling daemons. Once the bootloader is done its work, Init system takes charge.

4.4

Daemons

– These happen in the background (like printing, sound, scheduling, etc.) that either start up during boot or after you log into the desktop.

4.5

Graphical server

– This sub-system displays the graphics on your monitor. It is also known as the X server or just X.

4.6

Desktop environment

– This is what you see after starting pc. There are many desktop environments, you can choose from (GNOME, Cinnamon, Mate, Pantheon, Enlightenment, KDE, Xfce, etc.). Each desktop environment made of built-in applications (such as file managers, calculator, web browsers, and some games).

4.7

Applications

–Other Desktop environments do not offer full customize-able apps. Just like Windows and mac-OS, Linux offers thousands upon thousands of high-quality software. You can find and install those very quickly, free of cost only using command lines. For example, Ubuntu Linux has the Ubuntu Software Center (a revised version of GNOME Software). It offers you thousands of apps. And you can install them from one centralized location. It’s like the App-store of I-OS.

These seven things altogether make Linux so unique and open-source.

4.8 And how all these happen?

This started in 1970. Programmers then created an open-source platform called Unix. This is the mother of Linux. Linus Torvalds then created a much more practical, usable version of Unix, known as Linux.

5. How is Linux Empowering the Electronics World?

Linux is actually everywhere. Your phones, your thermostats, in your cars, refrigerators, Roku devices, and televisions use Linux. It also runs most of the Internet. All of the world’s top 500 supercomputers, and the world’s stock exchanges.

Android is made of Linux. The Most Popular OS for mobile. And we all know about it.

6. Why use It?

We always hear this. Why anyone will use a completely different OS (than Windows). Will it run in PCs and Laptops that I use?

Some common answers are it’s free forever, Open-source, the virus can’t attack Linux. It’ll run in any device etc.

Here is my answer. You may find yourself facing hurdles like viruses, malware, slowdowns, crashes, costly repairs, and licensing fees, etc. and etc. But in Linux, you have face none of those, luckily. It offers the perfect solution to the desktop at zero cost!

From the last 20 years, it never faced any issues with ransomware, malware, or viruses. Linux is much stable, usable, dependable, assure computer Eco-system.

There is a big Linux community. People, there are always ready to help you.

7. What is Open-Source Exactly?

  • The freedom to run the program for any purpose.
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.

Linus Torvalds, the inventor of Linux, said he always wanted a system that offers people an open-source platform. Where programmer can develop anything (literally anything!). And he never intended money. Instead, he focuses on user experience and overall performance. After almost two decades of Linux, it has a much better user interface. And very much usable for the general-purpose your. If you like to run programs and not using Linux( or any Kernel of Unix), you’re missing something. Just try it once. You’ll love it.

8. What is the System requirements of Linux?

You can run it in the deficient end device. Which has 2 GB RAM, Dual-Core Processor, And 25 of Hard disk memory?

9. Can I Play Video games is Linux?

This was the first question I asked my seniors before installing Linux. Haha, but you can’t play games in Linux. It has some games in its store, but it’s better not to talk about them. You got my point. But you can develop exciting games here. That needs some of the programming knowledge to start with.

But you can install a Virtual Machine and run Windows on it. Similarly, if you are on Windows, you can run Linux from Virtual Machine.

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