Chapter 2

Background Information and Resources

As with any new thing, finding out a bit about its history is worthwhile. Ubuntu is no different, and in this chapter you learn a little more about where Linux and Ubuntu came from. In addition, this chapter gives you resources to help you learn more on your own.

What Is Linux?

Linux is the core, or kernel, of a free operating system first developed and released to the world by Linus Benedict Torvalds in 1991. Torvalds, then a graduate student at the University of Helsinki, Finland, is now a Fellow at the Linux Foundation ( ...

Get Ubuntu Linux Unleashed 2021 Edition, 14th Edition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.