Linux, together with a set of GNU programs, is an operating system. That is, Linux is not a single program or a suite of tools. Most "versions" of Linux, known as "distributions", are available to download free of charge. However, there are some things you should know about downloading and installing some vendor's or individual's Linux product:
In other words, if you don't have a high-speed connection to Internet or a drive that writes to blank CDs then downloading is probably not the best way for you to get a full-featured Linux distribution. You can, though, depending on your location, get Linux free in magazines or from retailers that will sell you a distribution on one or more CDs at very low cost. Distributions obtained in this way do not usually include documentation or support. There are also many books that include a Linux distribution.
If you don't know how to partition a hard disk or you have very little experience with installing and maintaining an operating system, you can still install Linux fairly easily by purchasing a boxed set. In this case, the cost of Linux system increases, but on the other hand, you will be provided full documentation, step by step installation instructions and in many cases free technical support for up to 90 days by phone or e-mail.
Regardless of the way
in which you obtain a Linux distribution, we at
Linux Online feel that switching to Linux will
be a positive experience. You will see your
knowledge of computing increase at the same time
as your productivity. You will be able to do
much more with your computer and at a fraction
of the cost of proprietary operating systems.
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