is an Open Source operating system. Initially it was written by the Finish
student Linus Torvalds and in a few years became a phenomenon, running on more then 60% of Internet sites
together with Apache, the famous web server.
Generally Linux is UNIX operating system written formerly for the lowend x86 computers, but today you can use
it on several other platforms such as Compaq Alpha, Sun Sparc and recently on the growing embedded appliances built on the
NEC, Motorola, Transmeta or other architecture.
The development model, based on the intellectual property sharing of the Internet community
provides strong and flexible environment. The core of the operating system is developed in the uninterruptable line
and is denoted by odd numbers (e.g. 2.3.x) and then tested and approved version is moved to the stable row denoted by even numbers (e.g. 2.4.x).
All the development is widely discussed and you can choose or modify versions according to your needs.
Mostly you can see Linux as a distribution built to satisfy various needs. If you are skilled enough you can build your own distribution or modify some existing one. Otherwise you can choose from the list starting by Red Hat, SuSE, Debian, Slackware, TurboLinux and many other and ending by specialized embedded Linux clones.
We can say that Linux is not only the operating system, it's the philosophy and life style, based on the open mind and experience sharing of hundreds of software developers and maintainers. To understand this approach you can take part in the Linux user groups worldwide and read carefully day to day discussions solving wide range of "running Linux problems".
If you still feel uncertain what is the right operating system for your server, we can show you Linux running in our testlab.
Linux is the future!