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-<dt>1.1 <a href="introduction.html#INTRODUCTION-LINUX">What is Linux?</a></dt>
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-<dt>1.2 <a href="introduction-slackware.html">What is Slackware?</a></dt>
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-<dt>1.3 <a href="introduction-opensource.html">Open Source and Free Software</a></dt>
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-<h1 class="SECT1"><a id="INTRODUCTION-LINUX" name="INTRODUCTION-LINUX">1.1 What is
-Linux?</a></h1>
-
-<p>Linus Torvalds started Linux, an operating system kernel, as a personal project in
-1991. He started the project because he wanted to run a Unix-based operating system
-without spending a lot of money. In addition, he wanted to learn the ins and outs of the
-386 processor. Linux was released free of charge to the public so that anyone could study
-it and make improvements under the General Public License. (See <a
-href="introduction-opensource.html">Section 1.3</a> and <a href="gpl.html">Appendix A</a>
-for an explanation of the license.) Today, Linux has grown into a major player in the
-operating system market. It has been ported to run on a variety of system architectures,
-including HP/Compaq's Alpha, Sun's SPARC and UltraSPARC, and Motorola's PowerPC chips
-(through Apple Macintosh and IBM RS/6000 computers.) Hundreds, if not thousands, of
-programmers all over the world now develop Linux. It runs programs like Sendmail, Apache,
-and BIND, which are very popular software used to run Internet servers. It's important to
-remember that the term &#8220;Linux&#8221; really refers to the kernel - the core of the
-operating system. This core is responsible for controlling your computer's processor,
-memory, hard drives, and peripherals. That's all Linux really does: It controls the
-operations of your computer and makes sure that all of its programs behave. Various
-companies and individuals bundle the kernel and various programs together to make an
-operating system. We call each bundle a Linux distribution.</p>
-
-<div class="SECT2">
-<h2 class="SECT2"><a id="INTRODUCTION-LINUX-GNU" name="INTRODUCTION-LINUX-GNU">1.1.1 A
-Word on GNU</a></h2>
-
-<p>The Linux kernel project began as a solo endeavor by Linus Torvalds in 1991, but as
-Isaac Newton once said, &#8220;If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders
-of giants.&#8221; When Linus Torvalds began the kernel the Free Software Foundation had
-already established the idea of collaborative software. They entitled their effort GNU, a
-recursive acronym that means simply &#8220;GNU's Not Unix&#8221;. GNU software ran atop
-the Linux kernel from day 1. Their compiler <tt class="COMMAND">gcc</tt> was used to
-compile the kernel. Today many GNU tools from <tt class="COMMAND">gcc</tt> to <tt
-class="COMMAND">gnutar</tt> are still at the basis of every major Linux distribution. For
-this reason many of the Free Software Foundation's proponents fervently state that their
-work should be given the same credit as the Linux kernel. They strongly suggest that all
-Linux distributions should refer to themselves as GNU/Linux distributions.</p>
-
-<p>This is the topic of many flamewars, surpassed only by the ancient vi versus emacs
-holy war. The purpose of this book is not to fan the fires of this heated discussion, but
-rather to clarify the terminology for neophytes. When one sees GNU/Linux it means a Linux
-distribution. When one sees Linux they can either be referring to the kernel, or to a
-distribution. It can be rather confusing. Typically the term GNU/Linux isn't used because
-it's a mouth full.</p>
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