Your guide to the world of Linux — 1

My Linux journey started a long time back, when the latest version of Ubuntu was 14.04 LTS and the world was yet to witness the pandemic. Or the movie Dunkirk. Or Brexit. Simpler times. Using my experience growing up with Linux, I’ve decided to come up with a series called ‘Your guide to the world of Linux’. Let’s get started!

What is Linux?

Contrary to popular belief, Linux is not an Operating System per se. The term ‘Linux’ itself refers to only the kernel of the operating system — the piece of software that talks to the hardware and allows other programs and users to make use of the computer. For this to be considered an actual Operating System, other components like a User Interface, system utilities and file systems have to be baked in.

Credits: Mahima Daga

Linux Software

Microsoft Windows users are used to the extension ‘.exe’, and Android users to the extension ‘.apk’. In the Linux world, software is packaged by different distros into different file formats. And while there are ways to install packages built for one distro on a different distro, from the perspective of an average user this is going to be pointless. So the availability of a particular piece of software in a particular format might as well dictate the user’s choice of Linux distro. So, what are the popular options?

  • .rpm
  • .tar.zst
  • .eopkg

Software release model

To elaborate, there are two ways in which software is released. Once is the rolling release model and the other is called the standard release model.

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Credits: myself!

Budding computer science engineer with a passion for good food and words.