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This book’s companion DVD works as a Knoppix Live DVD. You can run Knoppix by simply booting your PC from the DVD and pressing Enter. Many Linux distributions, such as SUSE Linux and Xandros Desktop, are commercial products that you can buy online or in computer stores and bookstores. If you have heard about open source and the GNU (GNU’s Not UNIX) license, you may think that no one can sell Linux for profit. Luckily for companies that sell Linux distributions, the GNU license — also called the Book I Chapter 1 Introducing Linux Distribution 14 What Is Linux?

You can pretty much leave them alone after installation. Nowadays, PCs come with the USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface; many devices, including printers and scanners, plug into a PC’s USB port. One nice feature of USB devices is that you can plug them into the USB port and unplug them at any time — the device doesn’t have to be connected when you power up the system. These devices are called hot plug because you can plug in a device when the system is hot, meaning while it’s running. Linux supports many hot plug USB devices.

Nowadays, Linux is also available for systems based on other processors — such as those with AMD’s 64-bit AMD64 processors, the Motorola 68000 family, Alpha AXPs, Sun SPARCs and UltraSPARCs, Hewlett-Packard’s HP PA-RISC, the PowerPC and PowerPC64 processors, and the MIPS R4x00 and R5x00. More recently, IBM has released its own version of Linux for its S/390 and zSeries mainframes. This book covers Linux for Intel 80x86 and Pentium processors. ) The primary job of an operating system is to load software (computer programs) from the hard drive (or other permanent storage) into the memory and get the CPU to run those programs.

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