Cis 155: Assignment 1

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The Different Flavors of Linux CIS 155: Operating Systems 6/7/2012 Depending on your personal preference and need, there are a variety of operating systems available to users today. Whether it’s MAC OS, UNIX, Windows, etc they each have their own aspects and appeal that draw users in. The spotlight however, for the duration of this paper will be placed on a derivative of the UNIX family of operating system, Linux. The topics covered will include the history to include a handful of versions (distributions). Beginning with the history of Linux, in 1984, Richard Stallman, a programmer that was working for the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, left his position with a vision of software…show more content…
The original release of Ubuntu used the GNOME desktop which was user friendly and robust but later released a KDE version known as Kubuntu as well which resembled more of a windows type environment as well as a server edition. In recent years Ubuntu has broken through the standard and has become heavily used on net books and cloud systems as lightweight yet robust platforms. Another widely used distribution is known as Linux Mint behind only Ubuntu in the number of Linux users. Started in 2006 with a purpose of providing a powerful yet comfortable operating system, Linux Mint is a community driven distribution which welcomes user feedback for upgrades and support. Linux Mint also boasts the capability of out of the box functionality requiring little maintenance and "full multimedia support". An iconic Linux distribution known as Red Hat was created by Marc Ewing in October of 1994. The distribution name derives from “a red Cornell University lacrosse hat Ewing wore that was given to him by his grandfather, while attending Carnegie Mellon University. The distribution was then bought in 1995 by Bob Young who had incorporated the ACC Corporation in 1993. Red Hat Software was then born and then went public on Wall Street on August 11, 1999. Only a few months after that with the new CEO, Matthew Szulik, Red Hat began acquiring other companies, such
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