Linux is a family of free open-source operating systems based on the Linux kernel designed by Linus Torvalds and first released on 1991-09-17. Popular operating systems built around the Linux kernel include Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, and Mint, but there are hundreds of others.
My familiarity of Linux systems is limited because I use Windows for my home and work computers. I usually only use Linux-based operating systems when I do maintenance on my Web server, but, because Linux is so stable, it's rarely needed. In an effort to leave Microsoft entirely, particularly because I despise all versions of Windows past version 7 and do not want to upgrade when Microsoft kills 7, I have tried to get used to desktop distributions of Linux. So far, my favorite is Ubuntu Mate. I have tried Ubuntu Desktop and Kubuntu, but have found their UIs to be inferior to Windows 7.
This is Linux software that is important to me.
- See all Linux software.
- VLC Media Player
- See all Linux games.
I haven't really used Linux enough to give it a proper review, but these are my preliminary opinions.
- Linux offers the most stable kernel available for home users.
- A lot of server software is first written, updated, and fixed for Linux before being ported to other platforms.
- Most of the flavors of Linux designed for home users have terrible user interfaces.
- It's very difficult to find files. The default file system has a bunch of folders with short non-intuitive names like mnt, proc, var, and sbin. Programs, their necessary files, and their data are scattered all over the hard drive, often in different places from one program to another. For example, the program Firefox has its main program files located in ./usr/lib/firefox, global preferences are located in ./etc/firefox/pref, documentation is located in ./usr/share/doc/firefox, the user data is located in ./home/account/.mozilla/firefox, temporary files are located in ./tmp/firefox_account, and other files are located elsewhere around the hard drive. Windows uses a similar system, but it sucks there too.