Introduction

Welcome to the world of Linux!

You're reading this introduction, so it's likely that you've heard the hype: Linux is a fast, powerful, stable operating system that is used more and more every day, in business, in government, in education, and in homes. Linux powers a large portion of the servers that form the backbone of the World Wide Web and the Internet. Linux can be found operating manufacturing equipment, point of sale equipment, automotive equipment, personal data management equipment, and even a variety of equipment at government agencies like NASA. Vendors, too, are now heavily invested in Linux; large companies such as IBM have adopted Linux as the basis for entire large-scale computing product lines.

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