The Linux Operating System

Whether you have heard of Linux or not, you have more than likely used it. Linux is everywhere, and though you may not realize it, you probably use it more than you think. Linux can be on your cellphone (Android for example, is based on Linux), your home wireless router, ATM Machines, most websites (including Google) use Linux on their servers, …etc. It’s hard to do anything nowadays without using Linux in some form or another.

Linux is an operating system, just like Windows and Mac, but it is open source. Open source means that it is free to use, redistribute, and change at your will. This comes with a lot of benefits. First is obviously the free part, and it comes with an open source program for almost anything (and still more) that you can think of. Linux is more secure than other operating systems because of the amount of people that collaborate from all around the world to make it that way.

There are many different distributions of Linux out there, one being Ubuntu. Ubuntu is a great choice for Linux beginners because of its similarities to Windows and Mac. I used Ubuntu for all four of my college years without a problem. Some people are scared to try Linux because they think it’s only for tech and hardcore computer geeks. This may have been true 10 years ago, but things are changing and becoming a lot easier for people to make the switch. Not only can you find a drop in replacement for almost anyprogram you are used to for free, but you have the ability to completely customize almost anything to your liking. It’s nice not being locked down by a company telling you what you can and can’t do with “your” computer.

Linux is not going anywhere, and will continue to become more and more popular on home computers. I would recommend it to anyone, and you won’t ever have to worry about viruses. Give it a try, you won’t look back!

Kieran Nichols
Web Developer