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15 Interesting Facts About the Linux Kernel

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junauza.com: Exactly 15 years ago, on March 1994, Linux kernel version 1.0.0 was humbly released for the world to tinker with. To celebrate the historic moment, I have collected some really interesting facts about the Linux kernel.

The Linux Leap of Faith

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mr-oss.com: It is easy to sit on the Linux bandwagon and shout about how running Linux could solve all your problems. It's also easy to see that this just isn't really true.

The Application Installation Situation on Linux Distros

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blog.ibeentoubuntu: Installing apps under most distributions is rather simple. When it's not simple, though, it becomes a lot more difficult. Easy is dead easy. Everything else is pretty difficult.

Use The Tools

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pthree.org: When I taught Linux system administrators, I would go through a series of rules, and rule #1 was always: Whenever you’re editing config files, and a tool exists to make the change, use the tool instead of editing the config by hand.

Advocacy at the Speed of Light

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linuxfoundation.org/blog: The latest course on the menu is, of course, the Linux.com site. This one is the fun one, because we've opened it up to the community to lend their ideas. Here's the top 5 thus far:

Linux's dirty little secret: Uninstall

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blogs.computerworld.com: Go to the Fedora Project Wiki and search for "uninstall Fedora." You won't find anything. Go to Ubuntu's official documentation site and search for "uninstall Ubuntu." You won't find anything.

Kernel Log: What's new in 2.6.29 - Part 6:

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h-online.com: This development cycle once again included many changes to the kernel's Storage, IDE/PATA, SCSI subsystems.

Fedora 10: Living on the edge

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yatsite.blogspot: Some people ask me from time to time what will Linux be after 6 months or a year, what changes are planned, which features will be implemented. The answer is actually very simple: Try Fedora.

That disgusting, difficult, awful command line!

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aplawrence.com: What is behind all the fear and loathing of the command line? What drives this? Is it really that hard to type words? Don't most of us type words every day in email? Why should this be so repugnant?

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