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David BothUsing and Administering Linux: Volume 1https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5049-5_2

2. Introduction to Operating Systems

David Both
Raleigh, NC, USA


In this chapter you will learn to
  • Describe the functions of the main hardware components of a computer
  • List and describe the primary functions of an operating system
  • Briefly outline the reasons that prompted Linus Torvalds to create Linux
  • Describe how the Linux core utilities support the kernel and together create an operating system

Choice – Really!

Every computer requires an operating system. The operating system you use on your computer is at least as important – or more so – than the hardware you run it on. The operating system (OS) is the software that determines ...

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