Chapter 2. Introduction to Linux

In June 2014, 97% of the world’s fastest computers were powered by Linux. Linux is the operating system of choice for most of the servers powering the Internet and over a billion Android devices worldwide. And, of course, Linux is on your Intel Edison.

This chapter is meant to be a whirlwind tour of Linux and the specific Linux distribution running on Edison. By the end of the chapter, you’ll be able to easily navigate your Edison filesystem, install packages, transfer files over the internet, and just feel comfortable in the driver’s seat of the Linux command line.

What Is Linux?

Linux is a free and open source operating system (OS). It runs on top of the Linux kernel, which was first released by Linus Torvalds ...

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