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Linux has a rich history.
It is essential to understand Linux's history
in order to understand the philosophy behind Linux's programming.
This area of the web site hopes to cover what Linux is really
about, show you its history, why it
was formed, and a brief description of its capabilities and how
it operates. Network Chico
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What is Linux?
Linux is a freely distributed operating system that behaves
like the Unix operating system. Linux was designed specifically
for the PC platform and takes advantage of its design to give
users comparable performance to high-end UNIX workstations. Many
big-name companies have joined the Linux bandwagon such as IBM
and Compaq, offering systems pre-installed with Linux. Also,
many companies have started Linux packages, such as Red Hat,
Corel, and Samba. However, they can only charge for services
and documentation packaged with the Linux software. More and
more businesses are using Linux as an efficient and more economical
way to run their networks.
Linux is a complete multitasking, multi-user operating system
that behaves like UNIX in terms of kernel behavior and peripheral
support. Linux has all the features of UNIX and boasts of its
open source code and mainly free utilities.
The Linux kernel was originally developed for the Intel 80386,
which was developed with multitasking as one of its features.
The kernel is the lowest-level core factor of the operating system.
The kernel is the code that controls the interface between user
programs and hardware devices, the scheduling of processes to
achieve multitasking, and many other aspects of the system. The
Linux kernel is a monolithic kernel; all the device drivers are
part of the kernel proper. Despite the fact that most of Intel's
CPUs are used with single-tasking MS-DOS, Linux makes good use
of the advanced multitasking features built into the CPU's instruction
set. Linux supports demand paging, which means that only the
sections of a program that are necessary are read into RAM. Linux
also offers support for copy-on-write, a process that if more
than one copy of a particular application is loaded, all tasks
can share the same memory. When large memory requirements are
needed and only small amounts of physical RAM are available,
Linux has another feature called swap space. Swap space allows
pages of memory to be written to a reserved area of a disk and
treated as an extension of physical memory. By moving pages between
the swap space and RAM, Linux can, in effect, act as if it had
much more physical RAM than it does, with the cost of some speed
due to the hard drive's slower access. Linux also supports diverse
file systems, as well as those compatible with DOS and OS/2.
Linux's file system, ext2fs, is intended for best possible use
of the disk.
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