What is the Linux Operating System all About?

IT professional working on the Linus Operating System


Do you know what makes your computer work? How what you type on the keyboard shows up on your screen? Personal computers, or PCs, can seem complicated at first, but there are only a few elements you really need to understand. There’s hardware, software, and an operating system, and the way they work together is how your computer runs and gets things done. In the most basic sense, the operating system sits between your computer’s hardware and software to manage the communication between the two.


There are many different operating systems, but Linux OS is one of the more well-known and it is used across computers, tablets, and mobile devices. So, what is it all about?


What It Does

Linux is an open source operating system, which means it is available to everyone at no cost. Any user can use, edit, or even add to the code if they know how (Hint: You could learn how.). Linux is also more customizable than other operating systems. It allows you to choose which application you want as your default web browser or word processor (among other elements) to create a user interface designed by you. It helps your computer function on a day-to-day basis so you can stay on top of everything!


How You Work With It

Most people won’t think twice about what is behind their computer’s functionality, and that’s okay. But for others, curiosity takes over and drives a greater interest. Given the user friendly nature of Linux, there are a lot of elements that can be manipulated, tweaked, added, or removed. Since not everyone is interested in the nitty gritty of software management, if you are, you can gain a unique skillset with further education. As a Network or Linux Administrator, you would know about a computer’s basic operations, the software it works with and how to fix it when needed. A lot of OS work requires you to troubleshoot a problem and come to a conclusion for your users and clients. Does this sound like a career for you?


If you’re curious and want to learn more about operating systems, networks and computers, and other technology, give Career Quest Learning Centers a call in Lansing at 877-481-4930 or Jackson at 877-365-8144 to see how you could get started.



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