What is Linux?
o Linux is an operating system (OS), similar to
Windows from Microsoft and Mac OS from Apple
o The kernel, at the heart of all Linux systems, is
developed and released under the GNU General Public
License and its source code is freely available to
o It is this kernel that forms the base around which a
Linux operating system is developed.
o Linux has been adopted worldwide primarily as a
o Its use as a home and office desktop operating
system is also on the rise.
o Its user base in Third World countries has increased
with the popularity of affordable laptops AKA NetBooks
What Makes it Open Source
o It's free and open source software (FOSS).
o It’s customizable.
o There are plenty of existing templates that you can
access for free, or you can create your own.
o With Open Source, if a particular project or support
company dies, all the code remains open to the
community and people can keep improving it.
Who Uses Linux?
o From embedded systems to supercomputers, and
have secured a place in server installations.
o PDAs, video game consoles, portable music players,
and mobile phones.
o Use of Linux distributions in home and enterprise
desktops has been expanding.
o They have also gained popularity with various local
and national governments.
Today Linux distributions are used in numerous
What makes Linux Better than
o Very stable
o Runs on smaller hardware
o Not a bloated operating system
o You don’t need to constantly reboot your computer
o less hardware requirements to function compared to
o Slimmer Virus count compared to other OS
o Free development tools included
o Professional grade software included
o Amazing support available through the Linux community
o Can be installed on old computer models
o No service packs necessary
o Accessible to developing countries
But Maybe it’s Not for You if…
o You don’t know how to do anything except Point and Click
o You work in the Print/Publishing/Design industry
o There is proprietary software you can’t live without
o You are a hardcore computer gamer
o You need support for specific hardware