Quiz: What do these words remind you of?
A penguin, Finland, GNU, OS(Operating System), 1991
If you have Linux for the answer, you must be familiar with computers or be interested in computer systems. Have you ever used Linux in the Kiosk Boxes in our school? Have you ever participated in a course in Linux? If you answered `Yes` you made a good choice. Otherwise, I want you to try to use Linux because the prospects of a Linux world are bright.
Linux has attracted popularity from computer geeks recently. Linux users are given hospitable treatment from PC circles. Sales at Linux stores in Yong-San have increased five times last year. The Linux users?class is varied from university students to the general public. If you participate in a Linux forum, you will feel the popularity of Linux.
1) The Birth of Linux
"A university student`s small project shook the world." Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linus was interested in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his work in 1991 and the development has been continued.
2) The Characters of Linux
Linux is a very stable system with few bugs, and wide hardware support.
First, Linux is free, which is to say that it can be obtained for free. Several different distributions of Linux are available on the internet for download. You can use it at home, at school, and in your office. You can install it as many times on as many computers as you like, and you can legally make copies of it and give them to friends and colleagues (or even sell copies if you wish).
Second, why is an open source important? Because it means that any programmer, anywhere in the world, can look at the source code, fix bugs and errors, add new features, and customize the system without limits.
Third, Linux is capable of operating as a server for small or large networks, or as a workstation participating in a network or standing alone. It has an advanced and highly customizable Graphical User Interface, which is capable of running programs across a network while viewing them locally (Windows does not have this capability).
3) Is Linux for Me? (www.control-escape.com)
Increasingly, the answer to this question is becoming `Yes` for a lot of people. The Linux market grew at an astounding rate in 1998, doubling the number of users worldwide. Linux was the only non-Microsoft operating system to gain market share in 1998. Estimates are difficult to make because of the free nature of the system, but the most commonly accepted estimates place the number of Linux users at 7 million or more worldwide. But your own answer to this question really depends on who you are and what you want to do with your computer. Try taking this little true-false test:
1. I would like an alternative to Microsoft.
2. My computer crashes more often than I would like.
3. I like to "tinker" with things and/or customize my computer a lot.
4. Other people also use my computer, and I don`t want them messing with my files and settings.
5. I am on a tight computer budget.
6. I believe that software prices are too high. I wish there were more free software available.
7. I don`t care how much my software costs, I just want it to be reliable, stable and secure.
8. I have an older PC (386 or better) that won`t run new Windows software, but I still want to use it for something.
9. I need to set up an inexpensive but reliable server.
10. I am a student in a computer related field.
11. I would like to learn Unix or I am already familiar with Unix.
12. I want to run a web server or learn about web development (like CGI, Java, etc.).
13. I want to learn about networking, system administration, or the Internet.
14. I want to learn about computer programming.
If you answered "true" to two or more of these questions, Linux may be somewhere in your future. You should look into it when you get the chance, spend some time getting to know the system, but do not erase your old software yet.
If you answered "true" to five or more of these questions, you should adopt Linux yesterday, if not sooner. Linux is definitely for you, and you will be much happier once you have made the switch.
Do you understand anything about Linux?
Is Linux for you? Probably. If not now, then soon.
"Your best choice is capable of changing your future."
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