Linux

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Start1991-09-17
The world's most popular open source operating system.

Linux is the world's most popular open source operating system. It is widely used where reliability or flexibility is an advantage, such as for server farms, custom hardware or embedded systems.

Origins

The project arose from the fusion of Richard Stallman's work creating the GNU Project and Linus Torvalds' work on an open source kernel.[1]

Distros

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Many different distributions have evolved, which vary in target audience, capabilities and business model. Many are freely available.[2]

Uptake

Corporations were initially wary of the free status of Linux, but its perceived reliability countered that. In 2020 the South Korean government announced plans to switch all 3.3 million of its computers to Linux.[3]

Security

Linux is generally agreed to be more secure than Windows[citation needed], although zero day exploits do exist.[4]


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