“Linux is a free open-source operating system, which means the code is available for anyone to explore. Technically speaking, the term “Linux” refers to just the kernel, or the core, of the code. However, people often use the name to talk about the whole operating system, including the interface and bundled apps.
For a start, Linux is free and open source, which means you can add it to a computer or laptop you already own—or a machine you’ve built yourself—without paying anything. The system also comes with similarly-available software, including a web browser, media player, image editor and office suite, so you won’t need to fork out extra cash just to work on photos or documents. And of course, you get all future updates for free too.
To get started, head to the website of the distro you prefer, and follow the installation instructions. You’ll usually have to burn a DVD or set up a USB drive with the necessary code, then reboot your machine to run that code. In fact, one of the operating system’s advantages is that you can store it on a portable USB stick—read more in our full guide to putting a computer on a USB drive.”
See Why and how you should switch to LinuxOrdinarily, I would not notice or even recommend a brief article in a magazine but this is Popular Science, the Bible of DIY types especially the young and restless who might actually take the plunge into FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software). It’s a general magazine with a million subscribers.
TFA is decent but completely misses the issue of Free Software and seems to imply $free is the important thing in the name. The authour mentions that anyone can tinker with it and glosses over that the whole world tinkers with it and submits changes to Linus who herds the cats to make a state of the art kernel upon which billions of computers and users depend. I guess one has to entice kids into the pool before teaching them to swim.
There’s not even mention of Red Hat or Debian GNU/Linux, and not even a hint of how large the ecosystem is. Perhaps the world already knows. The advice to use the distro of one’s choice glosses over the glorious weeks one can spend reading about GNU/Linux and visiting a dozen distros before choosing a match, but it’s not bad advice to pick one, any one and give it a go. That will get inquiring young minds over the barrier to entry. It’s all good.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.