What Is Linux?

Linux is a completely free computer operating system, released under an "Open Source" license. It was conceived in 1991 by a Finnish university student named Linus Torvalds. Since the beginning, thousands of others have helped to contribute, thanks especially to the Internet.

Typically, both the core "Linux kernel" and the collection of standard programs that come with it, are collectively known as "Linux."

What Is An Operating System?

Presented by the Linux Users' Group of Davis to the California 4-H Leadership Conference
August 10th, 2002 - UC Davis, California