Frequently Asked Questions
What is the San Diego Linux
Users Group (SDLUG)?
Who are the People Involved?
Why become a Member of SDLUG?
Past Speakers Include:
How do I Become a Member?
What Topics are Discussed During Meetings
Meetings are the first Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month. Please see the Events page for the topic and speaker.
What is an
The SDLUG hosts 3d Saturday Technical Seminars. The third Saturday of each month, the SDLUG hosts a new topic. Bring your computer, monitor and keyboard, and prepare your system for against greater intrusion, and for better service. January to May 2002, the SDLUG is hosting its Linux Business Series, where we will give you all of the tools to migrate from other OS's to Linux for email, proxy firewall, webserver, heterogeneous network compatibility (SAMBA), and security.
What is Linux ... ?
Linux is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linus had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his work in 1991 when he released version 0.02 and worked steadily until 1994 when version 1.0 of the Linux Kernel was released. The current full-featured version is 2.2 (released January 25, 1999), and development continues.
Linux is developed under the GNU General Public License and its source code is freely available to everyone. This however, doesn't mean that Linux and it's assorted distributions are free -- companies and developers may charge money for it as long as the source code remains available. Linux may be used for a wide variety of purposes including networking, software development, and as an end-user platform. Linux is often considered an excellent, low-cost alternative to other more expensive operating systems.
Due to the very nature of Linux's functionality and availability, it has become quite popular worldwide and a vast number of software programmers have taken Linux's source code and adapted it to meet their individual needs. At this time, there are dozens of ongoing projects for porting Linux to various hardware configurations and purposes.
Tux is the official Linux Penguin mascot. Tux was selected by Linus Torvalds to represent the image he associates with the operating system he created.
Although many variations of the word Linux exist, it is most often pronounced with a short "i" and with the first syllable stressed, as in LIH-nucks
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