What is Linux?
in a similar way as the MicrosoftWindows and Apple OSX
operating systems on your computer. However, Linux is very different
Linux started in 1992 by that time a university student named Linus Torvalds, whoreleased his free software, including full source code. Because Linus put his sourcecode fully available, thousands of software developers around the worlddownloaded it, making changes and improvements sent back to him!
Because of this effort for global cooperation, Linux is stable, extremely flexible andwell supported. Operating system is the fastest growing in the world and isavailable free for you to install it on your computer! What sounds good? Even as it is!
"But how can they do all this for free?", Ask yourself. Communities Linux and open source do it for free because they want software, not wanting to make money from them. They do this for prestige, honor, and because they believe in the ideals ofopen source.
It is important to note that due to the nature of open source software (ability to adaptto them will the soul) has many versions of Linux. This is very good because you can find a version that suits you best you! These different versions of Linux called"distribution". This is because the creators of the various versions of Linux take and make their own changes to it, add packages and distribute them free. It may soundsomewhat complicated, but is not.
Did you know that you can be using free software and open not knowing this at all?Open source applications are not just for Linux, but operate in a variety of operatingsystems including Windows and OSX.
Here is a list of software products that use open source technology that you may be already using:
● Mozilla Firefox
● Mozilla Thunderbird
Why should I move to Linux?
● Viruses and spyware
● security and stability● management packages● features
● free (as in freedom / not as in price)● Easy and intuitive
● choice and control
What about my data?
One of the main obstacles when transferred from closed source software is compatibility. Companies often create their own formats with closed code and make virtually impossible for anyone to know how their work formats. Despite this, Linux is compatible with almost all formats of data that exist and generally has a free program available that will read your data. For example, Microsoft Office documents are supported in OpenOffice.org package and Adobe Photoshop files are backed up in Gimp.
Linux supports and encourages the use of files with open source format. Currently, most documents are generated from Microsoft Office, however, these formats are closed source and proprietary. Using these formats before you put the whims of Microsoft, who can (and does) to make its files formats incompatible with other applications, including older versions of Microsoft Office!
The fact that these files are closed source, people are forced to buy new versions of Microsoft Office. While packages of open source office can read and write Microsoft formats, the results sometimes are not perfect because we did not see the code for the function formats. Linux still does a great job with Microsoft Office files and you will certainly understand that they could use and change them from one to another without any problem.
● Windows software ● rivals Windows
● Microsoft Office Compatibility