What is Linux? It’s a free operating system you may already use without knowing

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Hi, I'm Tux
Hi, I’m Tux

DigitalTrends: Chances are, if you’re browsing for a new desktop or laptop, it will come packed with the latest version of Windows. Heck, you may even be reading this article using a Windows-based PC. Of course, if you’re a dedicated Apple customer, you’re likely using a PC based on MacOS. They’re the two main operating systems dominating the desktop and laptop markets today.

But you’ve undoubtedly heard about a third “free” platform, called Linux. What is Linux, you ask, and is it better than Windows 10 or MacOS? Should you install it? Here’s a bit of information to chew on.

Press the rewind button, please

First, let’s hit the rewind button and jump back to 1991. At the time, Terminator 2: Judgement Day was a huge hit in theaters, and Intel’s first 32-bit processor, the 80386, had become a widely-used chip in PCs. The Windows operating system was still an infant, so Unix was the most-used operating system at the time, both commercially, and in academic institutions…MORE (DigitalTrends.com)

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