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What is Linux?

I see all these servers for Return to Castle Wolfenstein running it, and I also see update patches for Linux and Windows. I am assuming it is a new OS, but I would like some more information.

How is it different from Windows?

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I don't know much about it, but yes, it is another OS. Its not a new OS though - its been around for a while. From what i hear its supposed to be more stable and efficient than Windows (but then again it wouldnt' take much....) Also, I've heard it isn't exactly easy to use and would take some knowledge to know how to use it
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It's not a NEW OS, it's been around since the early 90's. It is basically a version of UNIX that is run on a PC.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-28-2002, 12:43 PM
 
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FYI, I only run my websites off Linux/Unix servers, so when you are using this site, you are connecting to a Linux server ;)
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To give you more detail, Linux is - at it's core - a multitasking OS similar to Windows with the exception that it's default UI (User Interface) is command line driven, much like the "Command Prompt" or "MS-DOS Prompt" on your Windows machine.

There are add-ons (XWindows for example) that give you a GUI that is similar to what you see in Windows but that interface is not as robust as the Windows GUI. Where Linux shines is as a network server - primarily as a DNS, DHCP, Telnet, FTP, and HTTP server. It is not yet ready for most people to use it as a desktop OS as it is difficult to get it configured correctly without having to "play" with the CLI (Command Line Interface) and without having to tweak the kernel.

People - for some odd reason - seem to equate their philosophy with Linux. You will find that most (not all) Linux advocates absolutely despise Microsoft and any other big 'ol meanie corporation. As a result, their technical opinions of the various Operating Systems and supporting software is usually biased and closed-minded. The same can be said for people who equate Microsoft with their philosophy. It seems that common sense - on both sides of the OS fence - has been tossed out and people have started applying personalities and schools of thought to a collection of ones and zeros. IMHO, their energies would be best spent espousing their philosophy in arenas where it actually makes sense to do so - town halls, talk radio, water coolers, etc. It truly baffles my mind.

Linux is a fine Operating System as is Windows. I have multiple installation of each at home and do not consider one as "the best". It's all a matter of what it is you wish to do with your computer and which product suits your specific needs. For more information on Linux and the various versions thereof, check out Linux.org
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I also belive that Windows and Linux both have their places and can be used together in the enterprise.
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They absolutely can co-exist in the enterprise. My current client has the following servers (ballpark numbers as they fluctuate daily):

Windows NT/2000: 320
Netware 5.x/6: 150
AIX: 14
Linux: 23

Windows NT/2000 are used for application serving.

Netware is used for Directory Services (NDS), File/Print serving, and (yuck) email (Groupwise).

AIX is running on the IBM mainframes. (AIX is IBM's version of Unix)

Linux is used for Listservs and DNS.

One of the projects I'm working on for them is rearchiteching their Directory Services. Once this happens, the Windows platform will grow to roughly 400 servers and the Netware platform will shrink to roughly 75. In order to take advantage of the various MetaDirectory offerings by their application developers they'll be migrating to Active Directory and away from NDS/eDirectory. They will also be increasing the number of defined directory objects from 30,000 to 1,200,000. It'll take roughly 2.5 years to get it all migrated.
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cj?

cj-what is all that mumbo jumbo in your sig? Does it really mean anything or is it random? I know, simply, that computers run on 1's and 0's-that's all.

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we translated CJ's sig earleir, it says " I finally have a signature!"
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For a while there was some momentum behind Linux as a competition for Windows in the desktop market... I haven't heard much about that lately ...

Does anyone else have a TIVO unit? That system runs a Linux OS.
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Does anyone else have a TIVO unit? That system runs a Linux OS.
I've had my Tivo for over 2 years, and absolutely love it. I could never live without it!!!

There are a lot of devices like tivo that run an embeded Linux OS.
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TIVO rules... Absolutely fantastic I can't live without it too!!!
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