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Linux is the best-known and most-used open source operating system. As an operating system, Linux is software that sits underneath all of the other software on a computer, receiving requests from those programs and relaying these requests to the computer’s hardware. Learn more on our what is Linux resource page.

5 pengiuns floating on iceburg

This article is part of a special series of 24 days of Linux desktops. If you think there's no such thing as too much opportunity to customize your desktop, KDE Plasma may be for you.
OpenStack source code (Python) in VIM

This article is part of a special series of 24 days of Linux desktops. If you're a Vim fan, check out herbstluftwm, a tile-based Linux window manager that takes the "Vim way" as inspiration.
Buildings with different color windows

This article is part of a special series of 24 days of Linux desktops. If you'd rather live in a terminal all day and avoid mousing around, the Ratpoison window manager is the solution for you.
Penguins walking on the beach

This article is part of a special series of 24 days of Linux desktops. Both LXDE and LXQt aim to provide a lightweight desktop for users who either need it or just prefer it, with minimal setup or configuration required.
Person typing on a 1980's computer

This article is part of a special series of 24 days of Linux desktops. What if old-school Apple computers were built around open source POSIX? You can find out by building the Macintosh-like Virtual Window Manager.
Gift box opens with colors coming out

Package managers have greatly simplified the process of installing software on Linux. Let us know your favorite in our new poll.
Person typing on a 1980's computer

This article is part of a special series of 24 days of Linux desktops. If you're looking for a fun trip back in time, the ROX desktop is well worth a go.
Person standing in front of a giant computer screen with numbers, data

This article is part of a special series of 24 days of Linux desktops. TDE is a fully customizable Linux desktop that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who knew and loved KDE 3.