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Linux is a Unix derivative with a PC operating system that was developed in the 1990s by Linus Torvalds for use on workstation systems and in connection with the Internet.

Linux is a license-free operating system that is characterized by high portability and platform neutrality. It is being further developed by programmers worldwide, with development taking place in distributed development groups over the Internet, as well as communication between the development groups and the distribution of the operating system. On some FTP servers are the current kernels, which can be downloaded free of charge. The Linux kernel is compatible with the POSIX standard.

Like Unix, Linux is a multi-user system with multitasking and virtual memory that supports TCP/IP as a communication protocol.

The Linux Penguin

The Linux Penguin

The range of application programs includes a variety of public domain software for commercial, administrative and technical applications.

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Englisch: Linux
Updated at: 16.09.2005
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