Media information: Background information on Linux

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What is Linux?

Linux is computer software: an operating system, the piece of software which runs the computer itself and allows other programs to run on top of it.

Linux is an open source, Unix-like operating system. It is a very effective operating system for both servers and desktops. Most Linux distributions are free, or are sold for a price that covers the cost of distribution and sometimes support.

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