Explain to me like I am 10: What is Linux?

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The word “Linux” can be used to explain two things, both meanings are widely used. Its original meaning was used to define Linux as the Brain of an operating system, also known as the kernel, over the years to make things easier to understand people started calling operating system with Linux “brain” as Linux Operating System or Linux-based operating system. Unless you like to tinker around with the operating system and change its code and do programming on Linux, you mostly will be referring to the operating system as Linux, not the kernel.

Linux operating system has several advantages:

Linux has some disadvantages too.

But it’s always good to have a free alternative because it keeps the commercial OS from charging too much for their product. Since commercial guys know there is good competition out there they always try to keep improving their products.


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