GNU/Linux Operating System

GNU/Linux Operating Systems

Heckert GNU White
Heckert GNU

GNU/Linux is an operating system that dominates the world of cloud and web servers, smartphones, embedded systems, and we must not forget 99% if not all world supercomputers run GNU/Linux.

Parabola GNU/Linux-libre
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

In September 1983 “Richard Stallman” and the founded organisation FSF(free software foundation)  made the announcement of “GNU project” to create free Unix-like system as an effort to remove the obstacle imposed by the owners of proprietary software, making GNU compatible with Unix system because of it’s portability that makes it easy for Unix users to switch from Unix to GNU operating system, by 1990 most of the project components were written but still missing good working kernel, GNU project had a kernel “GNU Hurd “, in 1991 Linux kernel was released and FSF  choose to use Linux as a kernel for it’s GNU operating system  so what happened? GNU and Linux combined to create full operating system Called “GNU/Linux”, still this is just the bare bone of the OS you can’t browse the Internet or use mail server, So they packaged in GNU/Linux Distribution like Debian, Ubuntu, Slackware and many others.

Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop
Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop

GNU project and Linux kernel were made to release the world from proprietary software and make it possible to everyone to obtain, reuse, modify any part of software, you may wonder why this operating system came before Windows and Mac OS but it’s not popular, because back there GNU/Linux was hard to use for none programmers, network admins, geeks, and didn’t have windows manager like Windows and Mac OS to make it easy for none technical users, but today distros broke this barrier Now you can use any Linux distro like any other operating system, GNU/Linux is so flexible and gives the user full control over the system and its software, for beginners we recommend you to start with  Ubuntu distribution if you want to give it a try on virtualization software like VirtualBox, VMware. These distros provide the possibility to use it in live mode without affecting your installed system.

 

 

 

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