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Submission + - SPAM: Explain to me like I am 10: What is Linux? 3

pavs.ma writes: My nephew recently turned 10. Like most 10 year old he has a lot of question about everything. Sometimes it can be a fun exercise for me to see how well I thought I really understand something, only to find out that I may understand the concept of something but not well enough to explain it even to a 10 year old. This encouraged me to dive in to things deeper to try to understand it in a fundamental level to help me explain things in simpler terms; even if the topic is not so simple. This can be fun most of the time, if you have kids you will know what I am talking about. Usually explaining something to a 10 year old turns in to conversation where one question can lead to 10 more questions about non-related topics. This post may or may not help your 10 year old.
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Explain to me like I am 10: What is Linux?

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  • "a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu)", "It is NOT protable" (sic) "(uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have" Except that GNU HURD is still far from practical and Linux has already been ported to every CPU under the sun :)
    • I think that was Mr. Tovald's original opinion, but I think Linux has already gone far beyond this.
      • "Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect." - "The Way We Live Now: Questions for Linus Torvalds". New York Times. 2003-09-28.

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.