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What is Linux ?
Linux is actually an Open Source implementation of a Unix-like kernel. A kernel is the low level core of an operating system. It was developed by Linus Torvalds at the University of Helsinki, and he was helped by many Unix programmers across the Internet. Linux began mostly as a hobby, which has now grown into a full fledged operating system. The Linux kernel doesn't use any proprietary source code from any other system. The term "Linux" however is most often used to describe an operating system that includes the Linux kernel. There are many of these available. The different ones are referred to as "distros", short for distributions.
What are Distributions ?
As stated above, Linux is technically just the kernel. To have a complete operating system you need many programs to interact with the kernel. Creating a complete Linux based operating system includes packaging many programs together and including a way to install those programs. These complete systems are called distributions. You could, of course, create your own distribution of a Linux system. This is not an easy or simple undertaking and most people use a well known distribution to help simplify the installation process. Some of the better known versions include, but are not limited to, Mandriva, Fedora, Debian, Slackware, Gentoo, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Arch, OpenSuse and SuSe. Each offer their own specific benefits. Many people feel that for those new to Linux, OpenSuse, Mandriva, or Fedora are the easiest choices to get started with. The installers for many many of these have made installing and using Linux easier than ever.
What is GNU and the Free Software Foundation ?
Linux is available mostly because a large group of people and their cooperation have supported the concept of free software. Software that is free from restrictions and subject to the GNU General Public License. GNU stands for "GNU is NOT UNIX". The GNU's General Public License (GPL) covers much of the software found in a Linux distrobution. The GPL is designed to prevent others from placing restrictions on the use of free software. You can find out more information by visiting http://www.gnu.org
The Free Software Foundation was established by Richard Stallman. Richard Stallman is the author of GNU Emacs, a well known editor for Linux and other Unix based systems. Here is a quote from the Free Software Foundation's website that is a glimmering of the philosophy behind them "Free software is a matter of freedom: people should be free to use software in all the ways that are socially useful. Software differs from material objects--such as chairs, sandwiches, and gasoline--in that it can be copied and changed much more easily. These possibilities make software as useful as it is; we believe software users should be able to make use of them. " You can find out more about the Free Software Foundation by visiting FSF website
Who is Tux ?
Tux is Linux's official mascot. Selected by Linus Torvalds, Tux represents the image he associates with the operating system he helped to created. Tux is a cool bird, and Linux is a cool operating system !! .