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Key Knowledge: Fact

Welcome! On this website, you may find information concerning the Linux operating system family.

Additionally, topics involved in the history of Linux and in present-day Linux have been included.

Simple overviews of the inner workings of computer software and programming languages have also been included.

The Linux penguin logo has a story. The concept of having a penguin as a logo originated from Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux. However, the Larry Ewing designed it in 1996 for an icon contest. James Hughes later named the penguin "Tux," standing for "Torvalds Unix."

The logo remains as a general symbol for all Linux distros, despite the fact that the distros have their own logos.


What is Linux?


Linux contains a family of operating systems. These operating systems, or "distros", have been built off of the Linux kernel.

In reality, Linux is not a complete operating system, as Windows or Android are. Linux supplies some parts of an operating system, and distros complete the operating system.

Key Knowledge: Vocab Navigation

Simple overview of terms and phrases used on this page include:

  • Operating System (OS): Software. The OS is responsible for interacting with the hardware, carrying out tasks, and assisting operations, to give some examples. Windows and Android are some well-known OSs.
  • Distro: Short for "distribution." A complete operating system built off of the Linux kernel.
  • Kernel: Part of an operating system that communicates between applications and lower-level aspects of a computer, such as CPU and memory.

Use the following guide to find the information that you are looking for on this website:

  1. Linux History: Information on Bell Labs, Unix, Minix, C, Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan, Linus Torvalds, and Linux development.
  2. Other Information: Contains information on the present-day uses of Linux, explanation of programming languages and the operation of computers. Image gallery.

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