Linux is a free Unix-like operating system. Like other Unix-like operating systems, it is inherently stable and secure.
Linux is often distributed with other free software packages that collectively provide graphical user interfaces, office productivity suites, games, web browsers and package management.
Two distributions to consider using are:
Since Linux is developed mainly by hobbyists who enjoy tinkering with computers, it is highly customisable. You can change almost any aspect of the system that you want.
To learn Linux, there are only two steps required:
To ease you into the culture and mind-set associated with using Linux, you may wish to acquaint yourself with the list of external links.
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