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Linux is a free Unix-like operating system that was developed on the Internet Linus Torvalds first created it and then he put the source code on his web page After that hackers and programmers developed it With time it became a big organization and now it is a powerful advanced operating system It has important features that are not available with other operating systems You can run Linux with other operating systems such as MacOS DOS Windows Novell or OS2 on the same machine This is an advantage of Linux so that a user can easily compare Linux with other operating systems Unix for Dummies Firstlinuxcom Unlike Windows Linux is capable of running on a large variety of computer systems One of them is Intel Based PCs Most of the home users prefer Intel Based PCs so they can run Linux on their computers Windows can only run on Intel Based PCs Because of this Linux has the potential to be more attractive to a larger number of users and a larger variety of users Linuxcom Linux has a powerful security system It is almost impossible to write a virus for Linux because it must be 30-40 MB Also it has firewall system to protect the network from hackers This minimizes the number of viruses capable of affecting a Linux system If we think about it there are many viruses for Windows that can harm your system Linux is a stable Operating System You can kill an individual process that is not replying with kill command vs shutting down your system in Windows Linux has true multitasking properties You can run up to twelve processes at the same time with no performance loss Microsoft claims that Windows has the capability of multitasking but you cannot run two processes at the same time Linux has virtual memory That means that you can use your hard disk as memory You can make a swap partition
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