This is a special episode, it was originally recorded in July of 2009. It is an introduction and brief history of Linux and Ubuntu. It answers such questions as, what is Linux and what are the different parts to the Operating System? What is Ubuntu and what is a distribution? Why is the podcast focused on Ubuntu and the Gnome desktop? And what are a few great Linux based programs?
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LINUX – “Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Developed under the GNU General Public License, the source code for Linux is freely available to everyone.” (www.linux.org) [Accessed:July 2009]
GNU – “The GNU Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete Unix-like operating system which is free software: the GNU system. GNU’s kernel isn’t finished, so GNU is used with the kernel Linux. The combination of GNU and Linux is the GNU/Linux operating system, now used by millions.” (www.gnu.org) [Accessed:July 2009]
GNOME – “GNOME offers an easy to understand desktop for your GNU/Linux or UNIX computer.” (www.gnome.org) [Accessed:July 2009]
UBUNTU – “Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.” (www.ubuntu.com) [Accessed:July 2009]
Linux in a Box by Lodge McCammon
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