What is Ubuntu

Secrets in This Chapter

The Linux Kernel

The GNU Utilities

The Linux Desktop Environments

Linux Distributions

Ubuntu Linux

One of the most confusing features of Linux is the concept of a distribution. Many novice Linux users get confused about what a distribution is and why there are so many of them.

Before diving into the world of Ubuntu, it often helps to have an understanding of what Linux is and how it relates to Ubuntu. This will help you understand where Ubuntu came from, and you'll have a better idea of which flavor of Ubuntu is right for you. With that in mind, this chapter explains what Linux and Linux distributions are, then it explains the pieces that specifically make up the Ubuntu Linux distribution. It finishes by walking through different Ubuntu distributions and discussing what each provides.

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