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David Versus Goliath
A free operating system supported by volunteers around the world poses the first real threat to Windows.

From that modest beginning in 1991, Linux has grown into a complete UNIX-like operating system, capable of turning that decrepit 386 with 2 MB of RAM into a fully-fledged networked workstation. Corporate houses are using Linux to manage inventories and records, hospitals are using it to maintain medical records, universities are using it to network their academic departments together, hackers are using it to learn more about the guts of an operating system, and home users and network administrators are eyeing it closely as an alternative to the ubiquitous Windows platform. And while Linux was originally written as a small, fast and inexpensive alternative to the expensive UNIX system, today it has an installed base of close to 5 million users...quite impressive for something that began life as a ‘hobby'!

Geeks like Linux because it is what they snottily refer to as a full multi-tasking, multi-user operating system. Since we try to stay as far away from geekdom as we can, we'll tell you that all that means is that multiple users can use the system at the same time, and run multiple programs simultaneously.

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