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Linux is an open-source operating system created by Linus Torvalds. It was designed to be a clone of Unix allowing software designed for that operating system to work on linux as well.


There's many different linux distributions (commonly called distros). These are basically different versions of linux, a bit like a whole different operating system. Many distro's are built on other distro's. Some Linux distros include:

Desktop Environments[]

A desktop environment manages the desktop. Most of them come bundled with software like word processor (As KWrite in KDE).


KDE is a desktop environment for Linux. KDE stands for the K Desktop Environment.


The gnome desktop is one very widely spread desktop environment. For instance, Ubuntu uses it by default.


Xfce is a minimal desktop environment with minimal hardware requirements.

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