Linux – Myths Busted

Prasul Surendran By Prasul Surendran, 2nd Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1f2xt7e4/
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There is no doubt Linux has grown out to be the most popular open-source OS in the present generation, there are few myths that needs to get busted!

Linux – Myths Busted

Linux is an open-source operating system. The operations on Linux is very similar to what we have on Mac OS X or windows platform. The difference lies in the fact that Linux OS is developed collaboratively. There is no specific company that represents its development or support. The funding for the costs involved in development is shared between the partners and their competitors. There is also a large community of individual developers that are involved in the development of Linux.


Linux represented a $25 billion ecosystem in 2008, which developed as a force from 1991 to powering giants like new york stock exchange to the mobile devices and consumer products.
There has been few myths or misunderstandings with respect to Linux and here are the few in listing:

1. Linux is the first open software OS

Wrong! The first opensource OS was BSD based on Unix Kernel. But due to the spread of rumour and media exposure and a bit help from IBM, it was established that Linus Trovalds was the godfather of world’s first open source operating system.

2. Linux had developed its own kernel

As per softpanorama.org, the linux kernel is a straightforward clone of Unix kernel, which is almost 30 year old OS. The clone was used by developers to have the kernel made to the shape it was released.

3. Linux is developed by individual contributers who work for non-commercial benefits

Wrong, the majority (73.2%) of development is done by companies like Redhat, Novell and IBM and their employees. 13.9% of the development is done by volunteers without any corporate affiliation and the rest is done by individual developers.

4. Linux and Microsoft are extreme ends

At some part during the development, Linux does owe its competitor Microsoft for the development of infrastructure for Unix on Intel. The Microsoft’s XENIX operating system was used as the base for this. Also the plug n play option was also contribution from Microsoft on for Linux. Also there is the fact that linux depends of Microsoft compatible hardware and without this the success wouldn’t be possible on for the Open source OS.

5. Linux is developing each day!

Sad part is it is only a 15year old OS and it is already showing a slower pace in development. There has been no pace as it were in the earlier ages.
These are few myths that are popular on Linux communities. But this doesn’t take off any good part from Linux, it is still the best OS and next to BSD or solarisis on its reliablility. But as always it is BSD that rocks, linux just tumbles after!

6 Linux is an OS

Unfortunately this is not the case, the linux development is just for the kernel. Combined with many other developers they make the OS released.

References


http://www.softpanorama.org/Articles/Linux_vs_Solaris/Introduction/historical_dimension_of_solaris_vs_linux_debate.shtml

http://www.linux.com/learn/resource-center/376-linux-is-everywhere-an-overview-of-the-linux-operating-system

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux

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Linux, Myths, Solarisis

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
I am an engineer working as systems analyst in one of the leading firms. Writing has been my passion and through various blogs and forums I try to portray my will.

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Nice info you have there, my friend. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar ppruel
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Informative piece dude. Interesting review and well researched.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Thank you Prasul, very imformative and concise article, well done!

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author avatar Retired
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Informative. thanks for sharing.

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author avatar jayababy
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Good information, Prasul

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author avatar jak2010
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Good infromation, do not have linux in my country.

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

I would be a liar if I said good info, as this stuff just goes over my head. I know it is well written and I know the others before me, know about it, so I will just say, I agree with all of the above. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
4th Jul 2011 (#)

I wouldn't know either, but when I saw this, I showed it to my husband, as he uses Linux, and praises it...He enjoyed your article, Prasul, so thank you so much for sharing this...

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author avatar Retired
5th Jul 2011 (#)

Good information...as I am not that computer literate...thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
20th Nov 2011 (#)

Great article in the praise of such a wonderful opensource and free OS.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks, Prasul. Information that I was not aware of mostly - siva

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