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

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Welcome to Linux

Congratulations on choosing and using Linux, today's newest, most popular, flexible, and powerful free computer operating system. Hang on, because you're riding along the crest of a rising tidal wave of new users, as Linux spreads around the globe. While governments and corporations publicly battle one another over commercial software issues, Linux has been steadily gaining worldwide acceptance and respect as a viable alternative computer operating system. Linux quietly sidesteps the restrictions that hold commercial software hostage in the marketplace in a number of ways:

  • Linux is distributed under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's General Public License, or GPL. This license preserves software copyrights, but ...

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