Solved Does anyone know about a program called Linux?

January 22, 2018 at 14:50:31
Specs: Windows 7
A friend told me, that this was installed on her chromebook.
If I already have an anti-virus, is this necessary? Would it conflict with what I have?
I also have CCleaner and Avast Browser Cleanup.

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January 22, 2018 at 17:27:35
"... I'm sure that someone installed it, on my friend's chromebook."

No, the Chromebook comes with it already installed. ChromeOS (the operating system, not a program), is a linux-based operating system, not an anti-virus:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrom...

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January 22, 2018 at 15:04:50
Your operating system is Windows 7. Linux is also an operating system (many variants) but it is nothing to do with Windows.

Linux is NOT an Anti-Virus, so I don't know where that idea came from. I doubt you have need for Linux.

Linux would not just "arrive", it would have had to be consciously put onto the Chromebook requiring a definite procedure. It would normally have to run quite separately from Windows.

It all sounds a bit weird - are you sure you mean Linux?

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January 22, 2018 at 15:06:23
Linux is an operating system in its own right. Often recommended to install on older laptops/desktops when they came with say XP (or earlier) and won't really run later windows OS.

Dell provide ubuntu as an alternative to current windows OS; and many prefer it. It's less prone to pests, hacking etc; but does mean you have to learn a little (possibly a lot) of new stuff to really enjoy using it. There are many flavours of Linux; and some very light and easy to get across.

Several regulars here are likely to respond and advise you more fully re' assorted Linux flavours...


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#3
January 22, 2018 at 15:26:07
Thanks. It's Linux, and I'm sure that someone installed it, on my friend's chromebook.

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January 22, 2018 at 16:03:20
The only link I can see between Linux and security is it is sometimes used to make changes (such as deleting files) which cannot be made when Windows is running. In other words, dealing with malware that has been found on the system. However it is a more obscure use for Linux, it takes expertise to use it this way safely and is not for the average computer user.

As trvlr said it is often used as an alternative operating system to run on a limited or outdated computer and some variants are free. There are about 20 popular versions of Linux and many others. It is often used by servers including, I believe, this very website.

If you want to know about Linux there's stacks about it in Google.

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January 22, 2018 at 17:27:35
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"... I'm sure that someone installed it, on my friend's chromebook."

No, the Chromebook comes with it already installed. ChromeOS (the operating system, not a program), is a linux-based operating system, not an anti-virus:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrom...

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January 22, 2018 at 18:09:58
Thank you for your answer, T-R-A!

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January 22, 2018 at 18:18:40
T-R-A

Thanks from me too, clearly I didn't realise that (I always avoid Google stuff).

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#8
January 22, 2018 at 20:51:19
ChromeOS being Linux based is smarter of Google than I thought. I would have thought that they would have tried to grow it out of their phone OS. Good job Google starting with an established stable system (free) and needing only to write a shell.
This is something I did not know before either. Thanks.

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January 22, 2018 at 22:31:46
" I would have thought that they would have tried to grow it out of their phone OS."

If you refer to Android, then that's based on Linux as well:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andro...

And FWIW, IOS is loosely based on BSD:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS


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#10
January 23, 2018 at 01:01:31
Mac OSX is derived from Unix; Linux (I'm led to understand) is derived from Unix too...

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#11
January 23, 2018 at 02:09:46
For those interested, a screenshot of Chrome OS:
https://ibb.co/b6qcuG

Down load the OS here:
http://getchrome.eu/

Put it on a VM and play with it.


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#12
January 23, 2018 at 16:48:23
"Linux (I'm led to understand) is derived from Unix too.."

Technically, "derived from", no:

https://unix.stackexchange.com/ques...

https://www.quora.com/Is-Linux-deri...

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#13
January 23, 2018 at 19:31:21
Thank you, for all of your responses, and information.

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