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Tux the penguin, mascot of Linux
Company / developerGNU Project, Linus Torvalds and many others
Programmed inAssembly language, C
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelFree and open source software
Frequently updatedyes
Marketing targetDesktops, servers, embedded devices
Available programming languagesMany
Supported platformsDEC Alpha, ARM, AVR32, Blackfin, ETRAX CRIS, FR-V, H8/300, Itanium, M32R, m68k, Microblaze, MIPS, MN103, PA-RISC, PowerPC, s390, S+core, SuperH, SPARC, TILE64, Unicore32, x86, Xtensa
Kernel typeMonolithic
UserlandGNU and others
user interfaceGraphical (X Window System) and command-line interface
LicenseVarious including GNU General Public License, BSD License, Apache License, MIT License, and others

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Linux (commonly c-eniconˈlɪnəks in English, also in Europe) refers to the family of Unix-like computer operating systems using the Linux kernel. Linux can be installed on a wide variety of computer hardware, ranging from mobile phones, tablet computers, routers, and video game consoles, to mainframes and supercomputers. Linux is a leading server operating system, and runs the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world.

The development of Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software collaboration; typically all the underlying source code can be used, freely modified, and redistributed, both commercially and non-commercially, by anyone under licenses such as the GNU General Public License. Typically Linux is packaged in a format known as a Linux distribution for desktop and server use. Some popular mainstream Linux distributions include Debian (and its derivatives such as Ubuntu), Fedora and openSUSE. Linux distributions include the Linux kernel and supporting utilities and libraries to fulfill the distribution's intended use.

A distribution oriented toward desktop use may include the X Window System, the GNOME and KDE Plasma desktop environments. Other distributions may include a less resource intensive desktop such as LXDE or Xfce for use on older or less-powerful computers. A distribution intended to run as a server may omit any graphical environment from the standard install and instead include other software such as the Apache HTTP Server and a SSH server like OpenSSH. Because Linux is freely redistributable, it is possible for anyone to create a distribution for any intended use. Commonly used applications with desktop Linux systems include the Mozilla Firefox web browser, the or LibreOffice office application suites, and the GIMP image editor.

The name "Linux" comes from the Linux kernel, originally written in 1991 by Linus Torvalds. The main supporting user space system tools and libraries from the GNU Project (announced in 1983 by Richard Stallman) are the basis for the Free Software Foundation's preferred name GNU/Linux.

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The sequel to my popular video South Park Mac vs. PC. This time Linux joins in on the fun but Mac and PC are not amused...
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NEW VIDEO HERE: Visit today to sign up and stay informed about Misa Digital Instruments. misa digital guitar prototype running linux kernel 2.6.31. very fun and mesmerizing to play. sydney, australia. http PLEASE NOTE: that "crackling" some people are pointing out is an effect, like a bit crusher effect. It was done on purpose to show how the location of your touch effects the sound. You can apply any control parameter you want to each axis of the touch screen. This instrument is not limited to one type of effect. I personally like the sound, but it is subjective like all music is.
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A first generation Apple iPhone running the Linux kernel and Google's Android mobile operating system. Details and source code available at
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ps3 running windows xp from linux!we finally managed how to run windows xp in an emulation mode from linux kernel! watch this amazing video of ps3 hacks!
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Click 'MORE' Please n Read... This is Xgl/Compiz(now known as Beryl Project) running on my secondary comp which is an old (2002) dell with 2.4 ghz P4 proc, Nvidia 6600 GT gfx card, and only 512 megs of RAM. The music is Sidology Ep 2: Trinity, By Machinae Supremacy. This Linux install was SuSE 10.1 and I now use Sabayon Linux. Which you can get here: Three versions include Mini CD install, Full x86 32bit install and Full x86 64bit install DVDs! The theme is a custom theme; which unfortunately I lost when my main hardrive died on me. However, you can get the wallpaper I used from my account here: A few other cool backgrounds here: The original backgrounds I downloaded from; a great site which has many many more awesome backgrounds. The cubecaps are from Go here for 'Powered by Free Software' cubecap (this one was downscaled from the original using gimp to 1280x1024 to work with my res) and here for 'Linux - Rided The Wave' cubecap. The skydome can be found here. It, along with several of the others below, I made myself by splicing a mirrored version of the original and modifying it slightly so the two sides don't appear as perfect replicas of each other. A couple other cool skydomes: enjoy :D
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This video shows one method of hacking a wireless WEP connection and gives you some tips on how to better secure your wireless. WEBSITES: http TERMINAL COMMANDS: Startx /etc/init.d/networking start airmon-ng airmon-ng stop [wireless card name] airmon-ng start [wireless card name] airmon-ng airodump-ng [wireless card name] ctrl c airodump-ng w wep c [channel number] bssid [Bssid number] [wireless card name] aireplay-ng -1 0 a [bssid] [wireless card name] aireplay-ng -3 b [bssid][wireless card name] ctrl + c dir aircrack-ng [filename]
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Name: Amnesia: The Dark Descent Release date: September 8, 2010 Platform(s): PC, Linux and Mac OS X Publisher(s): Frictional Games Developer(s): Frictional Games
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Baby rocked to sleep by CD rom tray on computer.
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This the same as my first vid of Fedora Linux on the PS3, but for all those with questions, I decided to do a version of the video with full voiceover explanations. And Ebay believes installing open source software on an open platform (as is stated on Sony's site) is a "copyright violation". Apparently they don't understand open my auction of this unit was cancelled without notification. Thanks, Ebay...
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