A Look at Linux

Linux is often considered the Operating System for computer savvy users. Because of this stigma, many remain unfamiliar with Linux, what it does, how to use it, and how they can benefit from it. For that purpose, what follows is a complete breakdown of the software.

Operating System

Linux is unlike Windows or Mac OS. Like Mac, it is based out of UNIX and uses many of the same commands. Unlike Mac, the software is free and open-source. There is not only one current version of the Linux software. Various distributions are organized, giving users a software based around their needs. Ubuntu is a popular release, and it works in a GUI (Graphical User Interface) system much like Windows and Mac OS. Other distros are specialized for server use or to minimize graphics in place of a simple command line.

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Features

One could expect many of the same features found in their traditional OS options. The difference is that Linux is based more around commands to be entered in the kernel. This is where the learning curve exists, as it's important to learn commands to get the most out of the system. Still, attempts to make Linux more user friendly (like the above mentioned Ubuntu) do exist, and they minimize the command line use.

Update

Updates for most Linux distributions could be done automatically or initiated via the command line or a download. When installing a Linux distro for the first time, it is important to download and install all of the updates to get everything up to speed.

Pros

The pros to Linux include its price: free. Also, there is a strong community dedicated to this OS, meaning one could find all the support they need from likeminded computer folks. Linux can be installed on a wide variety of platforms, including cell phones and televisions. Another positive would be the large number of distributions available, designed for all sorts of uses. Lastly, much of the software available for the service is also free.

Cons

The kernel might be a little too hardcore for some. Also, Linux does not support many of the software one uses on Windows or Mac. This includes MS Word, Adobe Creative Studios and more. There are open-source alternatives available, but this still may turn away some who've grown accustomed to specific programs.