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Linux All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition by Emmett Dulaney

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Chapter 1

Introducing Linux

In This Chapter

arrow Explaining what Linux is

arrow Going over what Linux distributions typically include

arrow Discovering what Linux helps you manage

arrow Getting started with Linux

By virtue of your holding this book in your hands, it’s a safe bet that you’ve heard something about Linux. If you’re wondering just exactly what Linux is, whether it’s worth serious consideration, and what it can help you do, this chapter is for you. Here I provide a broad picture of Linux and tell you how you can start using it right away.

technicalstuff.eps Although Linux can run on many hardware platforms, this book focuses on Linux for Intel 80x86 and Pentium processors (basically any PC that can run any flavor of Windows).

What Is Linux?

A PC can be thought of as a combination of hardware — things you can touch, such as the system box, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The system box contains the most important hardware of all — the central processing unit (CPU), the microchip that runs the software (any program ...

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