In This Chapter
Explaining what Linux is
Going over what Linux distributions typically include
Discovering what Linux helps you manage
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.
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 ...