Free Linux

Linux has grown its popularity so much in the recent years that, it has increased its worldwide users many fold and that number is growing each day. Still, the people (at least in Nepals context) are not able to understand the word free in the context of Linux. People are not able to appreciate the real free thing in Linux.

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Linux OS

What operating system do you use? I will not wait for an answer, it is almost sure to be win9x (win95 and win98 yes I know that win2k is also there but well it is not that popular in Nepal and thus is out of the equation). The popularity of windows accounts for the name of Microsoft as the sole provider of operating system software and availability of pirated windows CD (well computers assemblers here in Nepal are happy to load it for you at no extra charges). But arent you sick of all those this program has performed an illegal operation and those cryptic and blue screen fatal errors officially known as BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), or you want to be adventurous and try something better. Well there are alternatives to windows even if you think them to be none-existent. Well to name a few Solaris, HP-Unix, QNX RTOS (Real Time Operating System) , OS/2, BeOS and of course my personal favorite Linux. Linux is the only operating system today that has the technical capabilities and scalability to challenge windows on Intel platform. Initially Linux was considered to be a networking operating system fit for small ISPs but as Linux has honed itself and is creating waves in the desktop market. Many companies are using Linux for mission critical tasks instead of Windows NT, Novell Netware or other expensive operating systems.    
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Linux and Dos Comparision


Running programs: Multitasking and Sessions

To run a program, type its name as you would do under DOS. If the directory where the program is stored is included in the PATH the program will start. Exception: unlike DOS, under Linux a program located in the current directory won’t run unless the directory is included in the PATH.
You can type multiple command with; as the separator like: 

$ command1; command2; ….;commandn
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