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http://i486.net – What Is Linux :- Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linus had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. Linux is developed under the GNU General Public License and its source code is freely available to everyone. Linux may be used for a wide variety of purposes including networking, software development, and as an end-user platform. Linux is often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to other more expensive operating systems. Due to the very nature of Linux’s functionality and availability, it has become quite popular worldwide and a vast number of software programmers have taken Linux’s source code and adapted it to meet their individual needs. At this time, there are dozens of ongoing projects for porting Linux to various hardware configurations and purposes. Here are 10 reasons why Linux could be the best operating system for you. A Linux Distribution has thousands of dollars worth of software for no cost (or a couple of dollars if purchased on CD). Linux is a complete operating system that is :- Stable – the crash of an application is much less likely to bring down the operating system under Linux Reliable – Linux servers are often up for hundreds of days compared with the regular reboots required with a Windows system. Extremely powerful. Comes with a complete development environment, including C, C++, Fortran compilers, and toolkits such as Qt and scripting languages such as Perl, Awk and sed. A C compiler for Windows alone would set you back hundreds of dollars. Excellent networking facilities: allowing you to share CPUs, share modems etc; all of which are not included or available with Windows 95 The ideal environment to run servers such as a web server (e. g. Apache), or an FTP server. A wide variety of commercial software is available if the free software doesn’t satisfy your needs. An operating system that is easily upgradeable. After any length of time a typical installation of Windows and software gets into a complete mess. Often the only way to clear out all the debris is to reformat the hard disk and start again. Linux, however, is much better for maintaining the system. Supports multiple processors as standard. True multi-tasking; the ability to run more than one program at the same time. Excellent window systems called X; the equivalent of Windows but much more flexible. Linux holds a major share as a server operating system and has the largest market share for the entire Internet. It is also increasingly popular on the desktop as well. Internet Presence Division provides value-added service and support on all versions of Linux. For more articles Please visit Articles at All Web Hosts (General)