We will start with an overview of how Linux became the operating system it is today. We will discuss past and future development and take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of this system. We will talk about distributions, about Open Source in general and try to explain a little something about GNU.
This chapter answers questions like:
What is Linux?
Where and how did Linux start?
Isn't Linux that system where everything is done in text mode?
Does Linux have a future or is it just hype?
What are the advantages of using Linux?
What are the disadvantages?
What kinds of Linux are there and how do I choose the one that fits me?
What are the Open Source and GNU movements?