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What is Linux? For many this seems like a question with an obvious answer, but the truth is there are a large number of people who would shrug their shoulders. Many have never heard of Linux (gasp!) or aren't confident in their answer.

Here at, we want to help answer that question in a manner that allows others pass it around and share it with the world. So, we created a new resource page which gently introduces Linux, the world's most popular open source operating system.

Hey, you might might even learn a thing or two yourself. Because in addition to answering the question "What is Linux?," our new resource also provides insight on a number of related topics, like:

  • How does Linux differ from other operating systems?
  • What is the difference between Unix and Linux?
  • Who uses Linux?
  • Who “owns” Linux?
  • How was Linux created?
  • How can I get started using Linux?
  • How can I contribute to Linux?
  • Where can I learn more about Linux?

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Let's start with getting your terms correct. Linux is not an operating system, it's a Kernel. GNU/Linux is an operating system, Ubuntu and Fedora are Distributions.

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