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Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 1. Introduction

Welcome to the Linux universe, one and all!

Linux has finally hit the mainstream; so much so that the first question I get from people these days is no longer, “What is Linux?” but rather, “What do I have to do to get Linux on my system?” For those who may want some clarification nevertheless, Linux is a fully multitasking operating system based on UNIX, although technically, Linux is the kernel, the master program that makes running a Linux system possible. That kernel, by the way, was written by a young Finnish student named Linus Torvalds. On August 25, 1991, Torvalds posted this now famous (perhaps legendary) message to the Usenet group comp.os.minix:


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