Linux is an operating system (OS) that manages the hardware resources which are associated with a desktop or laptop; much like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X.
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The operating system manages the communication between your software and your hardware. Without the OS, the software would not function.
Linux has been around since the 90’s and has since reached a user-base that spans industries and continents. Users vary from private users, training companies, universities, research centres and large companies. However, Linux is also used throughout web servers, appliances, aeroplanes and mobile phones.
The Linux Kernel can also provide a framework for an application to run. It can handle requests for resources, talk to drivers and manages all other applications running on it.
For those in an IT support job or within a development role, it is essential to be aware of Linux and how it is used.
Jobs that use Linux include: