O'Reilly logo

Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 1. Introducing the Shell

  • Welcome to Linux

  • What is a shell?

  • Logging in to Linux

  • Logging out of Linux

  • Getting help

What is Linux?

Linux is the kernel, or core, of a UNIX-like computer operating system. Linux, written by Linus Torvalds, was first released over the Internet in 1991. Since then, Linux has exploded in popularity, maturing with each new version and bug fix. When you install and use Linux, you're installing and using a distribution, or collection of associated programs bundled with the Linux kernel. There are a number of popular Linux distributions, including Red Hat Linux, Slackware, Debian, Caldera, Mandrake, TurboLinux, and S.u.S.E. Each distribution has a different installation method and is bundled with different software ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required