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Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Sixth Edition by Sander van Vugt, Keir Thomas, Emilio Raggi

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C H A P T E R  2

GNU “slash” Linux

We talk in this chapter about some of the major driving forces behind Ubuntu Linux. Although it is a young operating system (OS), it has a history and a family to be proud of, because it is the heir of a tradition dating back to the late 1960s, and even before.

If, after reading Chapter 1, you started wondering, how could it all be free of charge? Where's Linux Corp. and how does it make a profit? Who are the members of the Linux community that answer my questions without expecting anything in return? If you are asking yourself those questions, then you should read this chapter.

UNIX

We start our history at a rather arbitrary point in time: the birth of UNIX in the late 1960s. Our rationale for doing so is ...

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