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What is Linux 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 had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his work in 1991 when he released version 0.02 and worked steadily until 1994 when version 1.0 of the Linux Kernel was released. The current full-featured version is 2.4 (released January 2001) and development continues. Linux is developed under the GNU General Public License and its source code is freely available to everyone. This however, doesn't mean that Linux and its assorted distributions are free -- companies and developers may charge money for it as long as the source code remains available. Linux may be used for a wide variety of purposes including networking, software development, and as an end-user platform. Linux is often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to other more expensive operating systems. Due to the very nature of Linux's functionality and availability, it has become quite popular worldwide and a vast number of software programmers have taken Linux's source code and adapted it to meet their individual needs. At this time, there are dozens of ongoing projects for porting Linux to various hardware configurations and purposes. Linux has an official mascot, the Linux Penguin, which was selected by Linus Torvalds to represent the image he associates with the operating system he created. Although many variations of the word Linux exist, it is most often pronounced with a short " i " and with the first syllable stressed, as in LIH-nucks. Linux$B$H$O$J$K$+(B Linux$B$H$O%U%#%s%i%s%I$N%X%k%7%s%-Bg3X$N
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Linux Distributions When Linus Torvalds first developed Linux back in August of 1991, the operating system basically consisted of his kernel and some GNU tools. With the help of others Linus added more and more tools and applications. With time, individuals, university students and companies began distributing Linux with their own choice of packages bound around Linus' kernel. This is where the concept of the "distribution" was born. Today, creating and selling Linux distributions is a multi-million dollar business. You can buy a boxed version of Linux from companies such as Red Hat, SuSE, Caldera, MandrakeSoft and others. You can also download Linux from any number of companies and individuals. There are distributions of all types and for practically any kind of computing endeavor. There are versions of Linux that will give you a firewall, will boot the entire operating system from a floppy disk or CD-ROM or can be used to power TV "set-top" boxes. Below we offer you a "menu" of sorts so you can get more information about Linux distributions developed by individuals, groups or companies. Most are freely downloadable. If you are thinking of downloading and installing a Linux distribution and you have little or no experience with Linux, we suggest you read our section information on downloading Linux. 1991$BG/$N(B8$B7n$K:G=i$K(BLinus Torvalds$B$,(BLinux$B$r3+H/$7$?$H$-!"%*%Z%l!<%F%#%s(B $B%0%7%9%F%`$O4pK\E*$KH`$N%+!<%M%k$H$$$/$D$+$N(BGNU$B%D!<%k$G9=@.$5$l$F$$$?!%(B $BB>$N?M$?$A$N6(NO$G(BLinus$B$O$?$/$5$s$N%D!<%k$H%"%W%j%1!<%7%g%s$r2C$($?!%(B $B;~4V$H$H$b$K!"8D?M!"Bg3X@8!"$=$7$F!$4k6H$,<+J,$GA*Br$7$?%Q%C%1!<%8$r(B Linus$B$N%+!<%M%k$N2s$j$K$/$C$D$1$FG[I[$9$k$3$H$r;O$a$?!%$3$l$,!$!V%G%#(B $B%9%H%j%S%e!<%7%g%s!W$N35G0$,@8$^$l$?$H$3$m$G$"$k!%(B $B:#F|!"(BLinux$B%G%#%9%H%j%S%e!<%7%g%s$r:n$C$FGd$k$3$H$O?tI4K|%I%k$N>&Gd$K(B $B$J$C$F$$$k!%$"$J$?$O(BRedHat$B$d(BSuSE, Caldera, MandrakeSoft$B!$$=$7$FB>$N2q(B $B