Chapter 2. Getting to know Linux

The previous chapter was an introduction to this book, and now that introductions are out of the way we get to have fun learning Linux! This chapter will walk you through the concept of distributions and repositories. We talk about Linux as this monolithic concept, but it’s actually several different types of structures built on one common core, the Linux kernel. At the end of today’s lunch you’ll understand all of that, allowing us to spend the rest of the book working with our specific systems.

2.1. Distributions

Distributions, or distros, are flavors of Linux. Distributions take the Linux kernel (I’ll talk about the kernel in a minute) and build upon it, crafting an experience for the user, selecting certain ...

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