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Linux... is that about IT?

Yes it is. Linux is a computer operating system. What makes Linux different to most other operating systems, like Microsoft's Windows or Apple's MacOS, is the fact that you are free to help make it better, by changing and fixing it. You are also free to make copies and share it with other people.

The core part of Linux, known as the kernel, was created by Linus Torvalds in the early 1990's. He released his early version with these words:

Tux - The Linux Penguin
I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready.
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This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

Since that time, thousands of people around the world have helped make it better, by fixing errors and adding new features and programs. And, because Linux can be freely shared or "distributed", people and businesses have been able to put it together with other programs to make whole systems. These are known as "distributions", and some of these are now used and supported by the largest information technology companies in the world.

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