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Definitions and meanings of "Linux"

What do we mean by linux?

Any unix-like operating system distro that uses the Linux kernel.

If Operating Systems Ran The Airlines... UNIX Airways Everyone brings one piece of the plane along when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing non-stop about what kind of plane they are supposed to be building. Air DOS Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again. Then they push again, jump on again, and so on... Mac Airlines All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look and act exactly the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are gently but firmly told that you don't need to know, don't want to know, and everything will be done for you without your ever having to know, so just shut up. Windows Air The terminal is pretty and colourful, with friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever. Windows NT Air Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius when it explodes. Windows XP Air You turn up at the airport,which is under contract to only allow XP Air planes. All the aircraft are identical, brightly coloured and three times as big as they need to be. The signs are huge and all point the same way. Whichever way you go, someone pops up dressed in a cloak and pointed hat insisting you follow him. Your luggage and clothes are taken off you and replaced with an XP Air suit and suitcase identical to everyone around you as this is included in the exorbitant ticket cost. The aircraft will not take off until you have signed a contract. The inflight entertainment promised turns out to be the same Mickey Mouse cartoon repeated over and over again. You have to phone your travel agent before you can have a meal or drink. You are searched regularly throughout the flight. If you go to the toilet twice or more you get charged for a new ticket. No matter what destination you booked you will always end up crash landing at Whistler in Canada. Linux Air Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?" Urban Dictionary

It's just an operating system folks, not a religion. Urban Dictionary

A kernel (NOT an operating system in and of itself) used to power the GNU operating system components. This makes up a relatively stable, free operating system known as GNU-Linux. Urban Dictionary

GNU/Linux is about empowering users to a choice. Linux is a kernel (guts of an OS). GNU/Linux is the kernel with GNU tools to form a complete OS. GNU is a software revolution that is open and free in every since of the word. The code (software) is open to anybody to download and/or modify as long as you share the modifications with others. This is an open concept like university research. Everybody benifeits from the colaboration of others. In a closed enviornment inovation and quality are stifiled. Urban Dictionary

The Operating System that POWERS urbandictionary you assholes. Go on to Then look up "" on the web server search. I see SEVEN linux servers, and 2 netbsd/openbsd servers. I was able to install Mandrake Linux on my computer without any help, BECAUSE I RTFM! Like when I first installed WINDOWS!! All the people who said shit about linux either: 1) Heard about it from Microsoft 2) Heard about it from SCO 3) Heard about it from some anti-linux group. 4) Saw a friend use Slackware 5) Saw a friend use the terminal. 6) Tried using Slackware as their first distro. Linux is a great computer for all uses except crashing on you. Ubuntu, Suse, Mandrake, and MEPIS are great linux distros that offer excellent user friendliness WITH GRAPHICAL TOOLS. So you don't even HAVE TO USE THE FUCKING TERMINAL!! Only thing you can't do is run Windows stuff, like WINDOWS AIM, and WINDOWS EXPLORER, so don't even try doing stupid ass stuff. Urban Dictionary

See the future. Urban Dictionary

An OS that rarely crashes, runs on most hardware (yes, even that 486 you can get cheap from a blowout sale), and is the thing the Beast of Redmond (Microsoft) fears most. It's also the cheapest OS you'll ever buy. Urban Dictionary

Linux's nature is very stable, reliable and secure and opensource, so its easily configurable to suite the needs of the user/organiSation. Due to these natures linux is best for productive, technical, work. This includes; *Serving *Programming *Hacking Linux is not meant for the "average Joe" that just wants to check his hotmail or someone that wants to see his friends over msn webcam. However, because of the nature of most (all) linux distros developers have made many different kinds of apps and games available to linux. A technical user that understands linux can do the same things you can do on windows (even run windows apps with wine). People that don't understand linux, and have negative comments usually refer to linux distros as versions. They are used to microsoft windows having good and bad versions. Whilst linux is an os kernel developed by people in their free time and not a huge company that decides to release their software for free, with different sites for each version and lots of http and ftp downloads on .edu servers. Urban Dictionary

This thread really needs to be fucking sorted out. Linux is an operating system that some people use as an alternative to Windows. When I was at university I used it and it never crashed on me, and it could perform operations that Windows heads could only wet dream of. That is, operations that you'd have to perform if you were using a computer on a "professional" level. It's good for the techie stuff but Windows is best for general things, IMHO. I run XP on my computer at home and it works good enough for me... the previous versions didn't though. Both systems have their good and bad points so stop acting like five year olds with your dumb little one upmanship. You'll be saying "my dad could have your dad" next. Or maybe that was last week. And the pronunciation is "lin-uhckz", not "linn-ix". Urban Dictionary

I've spent quite alot of time to read all the definitions gave by one or another. I'm both a linux & windows user and in the same time admin. I'm so much afraid i'll start to do devil's advocacy here for linux, but from my point of view i'm pretty much entitled to. I'm in charge for about 400 workstations and something like 170 servers. Both types (wks & srv) runs either linux or windows. Do you folks have any ideea which is the % of the wks's suffering from sudden death like about 2 or 3 months of intensive work on them? Take a wild guess!. So, as i'm sure you already guessed what i'm talking about, i come and say: "Why in the name of God i would waste my time and my nerves on reinstalling friggin MS stuff like every 2 - 3 months", when i could just simply just check them once in a while and have them running for 1 year +. Of course it's not my call. Just as some of you like MS and some of you Linux, my users have their preferences too, therefore i got Norton Ghost to work for those bloody Windows wks's. But then again, happy people coming to work are those working on linux workstation. Debian or Gentoo powered (dont remind me of RedHat/Fedora/CentOS as they are Windows's cousins lately), my workstations are rocking from simple text files editing (OpenOffice rules by the way) to Multimedia rich applications (if you dont know there is SDL - Simple DirectMedia Layer linux alternative of DirectX as well as TransGaming's new DirectX 8 API's support in linux for latest Remedy Enterprise's Max Payne with 3D acceleration). However .. going to the server side of my story all my servers are running Linux or various flavours of BSD. I used to have some NT and 2000 or 2003 servers that i got rid off due to their instability and inconsistency plus extremely bad memory management. Benchmarking the systems it came up that on two hardware identical servers, one with linux and the other with windows 2000 advanced server, each of them with two processors and 4 GB DDR2 memory, under a stress test with 300 simultaneous clients each of them sending 1000 (one thousand) simultaneous queries to their respective localhost databases (mysql for linux and msql for windows) the windows machine bent over kneeling in front of linux. I'm sorry to dissapoint you Windows fans but Linux is better, or you would prefere to say GNU/Linux since it's widely accepted as a name for this awsome OS. And Yes, it's an OS even if at origins Linux was the name of a MINIX based free OS with a monolithic kernel, created by Linus Torvalds. Do you even know that the name "Linux" was a mistake?. By the time Linus Torvalds finished his first version of what we know today as Linux he named it Freax, but when he asked his friend Ari Lemmke (at that time the FTP admin at to put the new OS online for public access, his friend gave him a directory on ftp with the name Linux. And for you ignorants i repeat: Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system. It's not the name of the kernel. And also i saw many of you stating Linux is an OS accepted by geeks and nerds. Righty .. then IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Novell are all some cheap-azz companies ran by nerds and geeks. If you say so ... Also news for you cool guys from geeks like us .. Sony Playstation 3 will be running Linux too as confirmed by Sony's CEO Ken Kutaragi. So judging by this news Linux still not being a proper gaming environment right?.. Duh!. Take care with what you wish as the OS for your computer. Over & Out Andy Urban Dictionary

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The word "linux" in example sentences

Posted November 3, 2008 at 12:15 am | Permalink i have the problem when boot the linux on server…when i boot…promp for username did not shown…so..linux was hang…what should i do…please help meee ❋ Unknown (2005)

Move into the directory, you can use the term linux as it is now a link to that folder. ❋ Mike Weber (2009)

And the idea of a finished product? you must be a serious windows and microsoft supporter if you do not like the fact that what we refer to as linux, is constantly changing developing. ❋ Unknown (2009)

I think while a separate partition in linux systems makes sense it seems overkill in Windows for a few reasons. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Of course in linux I use two partitions (/and/home) because it is easy and it is even provided in the installer. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Googles support for linux is becoming weaker and weaker … ❋ Unknown (2010)

If you use Linux and Windows you will have to make the data partition fat32 for it to be easily readable (while NTFS can be read in linux it is not native and requires additional software). ❋ Unknown (2009)

A partioned drive is not as well integrated as it is in linux, so while I'd recommend it for linux, I wouldn't find it a good idea for windows. ❋ Unknown (2009)

In fact as long as you install ntfs reading software in linux, you can simply browse you're windows directory without any problem (this is what I do). ❋ Unknown (2009)

So now linux is relegated to the also-ran status it prevously held. ❋ Unknown (2009)

I use it in linux to backup my files and its great for that, but for day to day copying needs its unnecessary. ❋ Unknown (2009)

EasyTag for linux is ok, too, but is a bit clunky to use but still gets the job done. sideshowmel ❋ Unknown (2009)

R runs in linux of course, and so if you have the R skills, statistics is covered. ❋ Unknown (2009)

As far as I can tell (quickly googled) it is not supported in linux (yet). ❋ Unknown (2009)

Hopefully it will prevent flash crashes from crashing the whole browser (a big problem in linux). ❋ Unknown (2009)

I can understand that linux is used by less people, but still used … so in future also publish a article on Linux browsers. ❋ Unknown (2009)

… Its easy to do in linux, no idea about windows though! ❋ Unknown (2008)

Computing students should probably know how to set up a server in linux and unix. ❋ Unknown (2008)

How to switch between different screen resolutions in linux without restart … ❋ Unknown (2008)

I love the fact that linux is open to anyone to try, learn, and play with. ❋ Unknown (2008)

Sorry, this is the best analogy on the subject of linux, has been around for a long time, and is anonymous. BTW, linux is the kernel, [GNU]/[GPL] software make up the rest of the OS and apps. [GNU/Linux] is the way lawyers will say it in court. ❋ Danw (2003)

Sure it's an incredibly versatile and [stable] [operating system], but it's not the [holy grail]. ❋ Tiado (2004)

[Linux], free as in [speech] (and [hopefully] beer!) ❋ NoOneSpecial (2004)

[heep]://[] uses Linux and very glad to see they know what they are doing by using php. [Live free or die]! ❋ Chilaxin (2004)

Dumbass:: Linux sucks because there's no aim client. Me:: Dumbass, AIM FOR LINUX, [GAIM], [KOPETE], [LICQ], and NAIM! ❋ Tsphan (2004)

[Linux] is the future of [operating systems]. Watch out [Windows]!! ❋ Blue_nova* (2004)

Once [switching] to [Linux], [I never] looked back. ❋ Derleth (2002)


[Linux] is an [operating system] ❋ Saucy (2003)

...[Linux], [MS-DOS], and [Windows NT] (also known as the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly). ❋ Tespio (2006)

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