Brief overview about Linux and Ubuntu operating system highlighting advantages of installing Linux over others.

Linux is, in easy words an operating system for desktop devices. There is a plethora of operating systems for desktop devices such as computers, laptops, netbooks or smart phones & tablet devices etc. Most notable operating systems are Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu (based on Linux), Android for Smartphones and iOS for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Linux is unique as it is distributed opensource. For those who don’t understand, opensource is the software which is provided free of cost and the license issued for the software allow modifications and customization which further adds value to the opensource software. The operating system based on linux platforms are fast and more secure to malware threats.

What is an Operating System

An operating system is the core program of any computer, it’s developed to run all the programs on the computer and the operating system manages hardware and software configuration. It is integral for the proper functionality of the computer. An operating system consists of various fundamental programs which are needed by a computer so that it can communicate and receive instructions from users; execute other software, control memory utilized, connect to the internet, archive stored information, read and write data upon hard drives and other storage devices like CD (Compact Disk), USB (Universal Serial Bus) etc, print data from printer, connect to a network (LAN, WAN), perform other tasks as desired by the users etc.

Operating system (OS) transfers instructions from an application to, let’s suppose, the computer’s processor. The processor receives the instruction, performs the instructed task, then sends the results back to the application through the operating system.

What is Linux Operating System?

Linux is the special software installed on a computer that enable applications and the computer operator to access the devices attached to the computer for performing the desired functions. Linux O.S is modeled on the Unix operating system. From the beginning of the development, Linux was designed to become a multi-tasking, multi-user system. The difference between other operating systems and Linux is that no one is the owner of Linux and it is provided open source (free of cost). Much of Linux development is done by unpaid volunteers.

Linux operating system implementation extends “from wristwatches to supercomputers,”. Although Linux was first launched as a server O.S but with the passage of time Linux has turned a popular Desktop Operating System courtesy “Ubuntu O.S”. Linux OS is found in personal computing devices like “Desktop Computers”, “Laptops”, “Netbooks” etc. Linux is found on Phones and Tablet Devices. The Linux OS can also be installed on supercomputers which are used in labs for invention and development of new things.