What is Linux?

Probably on more than one occasion we have heard of the ‘war’ between the users of Windows and Linux, both operating systems, where each side vehemently exposes the most important features of your preferred environment. And if we have listened with attention, it is likely that we have been wanting to know more about this free operating system.

What is Linux

Today, Linux is one of the most easy to use in the world, operating systems at the level of Windows or even more, since the user doesn’t have to deal with viruses or problems associated with the safety, mainly due to the strong policy of system permissions, not allowing the proliferation of these threats. However, no Linux does not end in security concepts, but it is an operating system that has much to offer.

If you want to know a little history and present of Linux, please do not hesitate to continue reading the rest of this article.


Linux is basically an operating system based on Mimix, which in turn was based on Unix, which was designed mainly for offer to the users of computers at the time of an operating system with potential for growth and zero cost.

Developed by Linus Torvalds at the University of Helsinki at the beginning of the 90’s, Linux has grown to become a serious and respectable competition to the alternatives on the market such as Windows, and not just that Linux is free, but it has to show that it is a solid, stable, and very complete system.

Because the kernel Linux, a fundamental part it of the operating system, it joined forces with the free Software Foundation can count today with distributions practically for each type of tasks, from editing audio until distributions for the office, ready to be downloaded, recorded on a DVD or Flash drive and installed on any computer.

Free and Open Source

Unlike other proprietary systems like Windows, Linux code is open, which means that each user, according to their knowledge, can bring improvements to features and software, which translates into greater flexibility and capacity.

Linux Distribution

Basically, a Linux distribution is a complete operating system packaged and ready to use, with all the necessary software including publishers of audio, video, office suite, and apps of videoconference, among many others, and generally oriented to a specific use, Although there are general purpose like Ubuntu distros.

In this sense, Ubuntu is one of the most respected distros of Linux, because it is easy to install, maintain and troubleshoot any problems that may arise with the use.

However it is not the only one that meets these conditions, since we also have with Kubuntu, ElementaryOS and many others.