Solved What is Linux? A kernel or an operating system

November 19, 2012 at 04:05:22
Specs: Windows 7, amd dual core processor e350
I have recently heard about a free operating system called Linux and that it was free and that it had quite a few basic features that would come in handy and it sounded quite good and then I heard that it wasn't an operating system and that it was a kernel and that it sits between the hardware and the operating system. So does that mean if you wanted linux does it mean that you would have to have it running alongside an operating system like windows or would it replace windows as I have seen pics of Linux and I thought it was an operating system. And also if Linux is just a kernel and it would have to run alongside an operating system then why is it being compared to windows? and another thing it is being shown on this website as an operating system.

I am only asking as I am just curious.

I was an adventurer like you once until I took an arrow to the knee!


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November 19, 2012 at 05:19:53
Linux is a true, full operating system and can compete with Windows for availability of functions and applications. It is free and the king of open source software.

The kernel is the inner component of an operating system, its core, and Linux distros actually share the kernel while offer a variety of user interfaces and utilities.

Linux is a Unix system build on Intel platform and can run alone or aside Windows on all commercial PCs. You can choose the popular Ubuntu distro with a smart graphic user interface or even command line only tiny versions.

You will fall in love exploring the astounding Linux world.



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November 19, 2012 at 05:05:56
Linux is both a kernel and an operating system. The kernel is totally incompatible with the Windows OS. Note that Linux and Windows offer similar features but are not compatible. Linux does not run Windows applications and Windows does not run Linux applications.

Windows and Linux both have advantages and disadvantages. Which one is better is a matter of opinion.


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November 19, 2012 at 05:17:39
So if I had a computer without an OS and I had a copy of Linux on a USB stick i would be able to boot from the USB and use that as my operating system?

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November 19, 2012 at 05:17:53
"I am only asking as I am just curious."

But not curious enough to use Google? Come on, you might as well ask "I have heard that there are computers that are not PCs called Apple Macs. Can anyone tell me about them?". Try to use a little initiative.



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November 19, 2012 at 05:19:53
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Linux is a true, full operating system and can compete with Windows for availability of functions and applications. It is free and the king of open source software.

The kernel is the inner component of an operating system, its core, and Linux distros actually share the kernel while offer a variety of user interfaces and utilities.

Linux is a Unix system build on Intel platform and can run alone or aside Windows on all commercial PCs. You can choose the popular Ubuntu distro with a smart graphic user interface or even command line only tiny versions.

You will fall in love exploring the astounding Linux world.


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November 19, 2012 at 05:57:53
Ubuntu is (or used to be) the most popular Linux distro. Mint is based on Ubuntu but takes it a step further & has now overtaken Ubuntu as the most popular, at least at Distrowatch.com.

http://distrowatch.com/

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...

Most Linux distros can be run for a USB stick, CD, DVD, or can be installed to the HDD. The beauty of running from a USB stick or CD/DVD is that no HDD is required. If you choose a lightweight distro such as Puppy or LPS, everything loads into RAM & runs from there. It's impossible to become infected & you leave no trail behind.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...

As ijack said, you could have all that info if you had put forth a little effort: Beginner's guide to Linux


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#6
November 19, 2012 at 06:02:05
I did search this information up on google and many people said that it was just a kernel whereas many others said it was an operating system. So..... Yeah

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