What can it be? At one time it was a market operating system operate by people who desired to display their PC prowess and sense much more option and l33t compared to rest. But something happened on the way to the conference — Linux became accepted. Not only did this stage become approved, it was embraced as a must-have technology by enterprise-level companies, but where flexibility, reliability, and security are crucial. But for the masses, those that have only ever known either Windows or Mac, the issue still remains. What is Linux?
I wish to answer that question for you. The solution won’t be exhaustive (so you’ll need a book) and will target those that have had zero exposure to the working system. I’m not going to pull it back so much as to answer the query,”What is an operating system?” I’m fairly confident that the masses have that one down; so we will focus on just this one particular operating system. Into a purist, they’ll tell response,”it is a modular kernel, made by Linus Torvalds.” That’s not an answer that helps us much, as the average user would then have to comprehend what a kernel is and why it’s related to the issue at hand. Rather, I want to proceed by the broader definition of Linux, also say it is a working system powered by the Linux kernel.
To comprehend why Linux is really unique, you must first know what open source is. Open source is software where the original source code is made publicly available to the general public. With this source code you can modify and redistribute the program in any way you see fit (as long as you keep attribution to the original founder ). In today’s vernacular, open source applies to much more than applications. Virtually anything can be”open sourced” nowadays. The important factor in this is that the initial designs, plans, schematics, etc. has to be made available for people to utilize.
I could already hear your next question: But if everyone can view the source code, how do companies sell their applications? You will be amazed to hear that most open source software is given out for free. That’s right, adopting open source software can indicate you’re entire software library could be obtained free of cost. And the majority of the open source software it is possible to find is quite high quality. Exterior the working system, you’ll Discover free applications such as:
LibreOffice – a full size office package,The GIMP – a picture editing tool very similar to Photoshop,Evolution – a groupware tool similar to Microsoft Outlook,Audacity – a more powerful audio recording
applications,OpenShot – a user friendly video editing application,Firefox – a widely-used browser,This list continues on and on. Couple that with lots of audio and movie players, more browsers and email clients, nearly every productivity tool you can think of, and you have the making for a computing platform that does everything your present operating system is going to do. If it will only do what my existing operating system will do, what would make me want to use Linux? Therein lies the crux of the situation.
One of Linux’s biggest selling points to enterprise companies is its reliability. You can set up a Linux server into a data centre and understand it can be counted on, 24/7/365. That vulnerability translates from enterprise servers to the desktop computer. Contrary to other desktop platforms, Linux won’t automatically start an update procedure that will span hours (preventing you from working all of the while); nor can it melts after months (or years) of use. Of the 20 years I’ve used Linux as my only operating system, I can count on one hand the instances where the system has caused me issues which demanded A) serious troubleshooting or B) a working system reinstall. It is that dependable.
For me, one of the most attractive areas of Linux has always been its versatility. If I really don’t like how something looks or behaves, I could change it; not by re-coding the software, but by finding a different piece of software that does the exact same thing in a way that’s agreeable to my requirements. Say, for example, I don’t like the way the Ubuntu Linux desktop looks or behaves. I am able to set up a completely different desktop (or use a different distribution entirely – more on this in a little ). Or say I don’t like the way a piece of software functions. Most often the programmers of software make it simple (by way of a configuration file) for consumers to alter the behaviour of their applications to a far greater degree than most proprietary software.