This chapter will discuss the fundamental concepts related to the Linux operating system. Read this chapter carefully – it
will help you master the basics of Linux in just 2 weeks.
What is Linux?
Linux is a modern, powerful, and flexible operating system similar to UNIX. However, you have to be knowledgeable about computers if you want to create and manage a Linux machine.
This OS (i.e. operating system) becomes relatively simple once it has been installed properly.
Thus, even your grandmother will be able to use Linux if you’ll give her an account and place the right menus/icons on her desktop. Because this OS is secure, your grandmother cannot damage the computer even if she tries.
Linux is highly different from Windows systems. That means even experienced computer users need to learn a lot of things.
If you are a UNIX-user, on the other hand, mastering this OS is a walk in the park for you. Since Linux possesses powerful and versatile features, it may create problems for people who aren’t computer-savvy.