Intro to Linux

This is TechMaster404’s introduction to Linux. This will be an introduction to what is Linux and how people can use it as a daily driver, preferably through the command line.

This introduction is meant for everyone, and will be helpful to understand the Linux tagged posts in the blog.

So, What is Linux? It’s just another operating system like the popular Windows and MacOS, but it is different in the sense that it is “free and open”.

What does free and open mean? Free and open source software (FOSS) means that anyone is able to access the source code of the software, modify it, and then distribute it however they want. Best examples are the Linux operating systems, LibreOffice Suite, Apache Servers, Gimp, etc.

Enough of this intro. Let’s just dive into using some Linux OS.

Oh wait, I said some OS. There are ever increasing list of operating systems which can be neatly ( Nah, I take the ‘neat’ back) arranged in the form of a tree.

The Linux Distribution: Timeline

I agree it is hard to have a look at the names but open the image in a new tab and then try viewing the timeline again.

So, how do I go about choosing one to use? Well, you go to the operating system page (google it), all these distros have a website and look at the features each offers and choose one.

A distro, rather a distribution in Linux, is one of the modified/branches of one of the parents of Linux.

So, let’s choose the one which is easy for beginners and which I recommend to start with, Ubuntu.

I’ll help you guys get started with how to install Ubuntu, and then how to start using it, for daily activities and how you can get better at it.

I could have started with other distros, but I feel Ubuntu is the best “starting Linux distro”.

There’ll be a series of posts, tagged Linux which will the follow-ups of this post. Keep following.


P.S: About the cool cover photo, The, duck, named TUX, is the official mascot of the Linux Kernel. (What’s a kernel? I’ll let you guys know later.) It is very popular and is used nearly as the mascot of Linux. The symbols on it are the logos of the various Linux Distros, Ubuntu, RedHat, Fedora, Debian, OpenSUSE, CentOS, Gentoo. Have a look at the websites of these distros and figure out what specific features each has.