Chapter 1 What Is the Novell Linux Desktop?

The book you hold in your hands is about Novell Linux Desktop—a desktop computing environment powered by the SUSE Linux operating system. This book describes how to use NLD, as well as how to administer it. Before you can truly be good at either of those, however, you need to understand what it is and the legacy that it comes from.

This chapter offers a brief look at the history of Linux, and the product that you have chosen to adopt for your desktop.

Ancient History

Long before there was Linux, there was Unix. The Unix operating system came to life more or less by accident. In the late 1960s, an operating system called MULTICS was designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ...

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