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Linux · FAQ Entries

Can Linux Run Microsoft Windows Programs? · We at The GoNix Initiative have a large list of Linux Alternatives to Windows Software so you can find native Linux replacements to expensive, preparatory Windows titles; but if you insist on running Windows programs within Linux we recommend WINE Wi
Does Linux Support USB Devices? · Linux does support a wide array of USB devices, and work is underway to develop additional device drivers. There is a Web page devoted to the subject, at
How can I see my Local Name or Linux Version? · You can execute the command uname -a and it will display something similar to: Linux UGN 2.6.28-11-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 17 01:57:59 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux Useful information included equates to: Kernel Name Local Name Kernel Version Distri
How Do I Get Started with Linux? · If you are new to Linux, you should start by buying or downloading a general-purpose Linux distribution. A distribution is a complete operating system, including the Linux kernel and all the utilities and software you are likely to need, ready to ins
How Do I Install Linux? · Once you obtain a distribution, it will contain instructions on installation. Each distribution has its own installation program. Generally, once you've downloaded your distribution and burnt it to CD or DVD (or purchased a disk with the distribution
How Is Linux Licensed? · Linux is licensed on the GNU General Public License. The licenses of the utilities and programs which come with the installations vary. Much of the code is from the GNU Project at the Free Software Foundation, and is also under the GPL. Some other ma
What Is BSD? · Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD, sometimes called Berkeley Unix) is the UNIX operating system derivative developed and distributed by the Computer Systems Research Group of the University of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 1995. Historically,
What Is Linux? · Linux is a generic term referring to Unix-like computer operating systems based on the Linux kernel. Their development is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software collaboration; typically all the underlying source code can
What Is Unix? · Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX, sometimes also written as Unix with small caps) is a computer operating system originally developed in 1969 by a group of ATT employees at Bell Labs, including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Douglas McIlroy, and J
What Platforms Does Linux Support? · Linux runs on a variety of computers and devices, and is widely supported by systems created in the last 20 years. It runs on PDA's, Gaming Systems, and even novelty watches. It can also run on systems as large as mainframes. There are Linux distribu
Who is Linus Torvalds? · Linus Benedict Torvalds (born on December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finland-Swedish software engineer best known for having initiated the development of the Linux kernel. He later became the chief architect of the Linux kernel, and now acts
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