Unit 2 project - An Introduction to Linux Flavors Betty Wiseman March 4 2011 IT-320 Table of Content Introduction Flavors of Linux Red hat-based

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An Introduction to Linux Flavors Betty Wiseman March 4, 2011 IT-320 Table of Content Introduction Flavors of Linux Red hat-based Debian-based Slack ware and followers Live CDs Desktop Linux Flavors Security enhanced Flavors used in my degree business
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An Introduction to Linux Flavors Linux is the second most popular operating system. When you say “Linux” however, it is a general term because it comes in several flavors (Red hat, Debian, etc.). This variety is part of the open source philosophy: you are not limited to the operating system and the applications included by the vendor. You then have control of the source code and can compile it in the best way possible. Not everybody can compile an operating system from scratch and this is why there are people who do it for you. Each variety of Linux is called a distribution (or a distro) for short. Linux distros are compiled for you by the distro authors/maintainers, who have selected the packages for you to use – you just download the distro and install it. All distros share the same Linux kernel and many of the packages are also the same among distributions. However, each distro is built for a purpose – i.e. to be used as a desktop system, or as a server platform, or as a security stronghold, etc. and this is why the creators of the distro
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Unit 2 project - An Introduction to Linux Flavors Betty Wiseman March 4 2011 IT-320 Table of Content Introduction Flavors of Linux Red hat-based

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