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    Beginner looking for a way to see the OS code

    Okay, I'm a brand spankin' new user to Ubuntu, but I catch on quickly. I came from Windows, having used 95, 98, XP, Vista (Uggh), and 7. I have two Windows computers, one running 7, the other XP. I also have Ubuntu installed on the second computer as a secondary OS. I've only had it for about 3 days, but I love it! I am also a programmer and I would like to know how to access the system code, just to see what it looks like.

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    Re: Beginner looking for a way to see the OS code

    Well, you are now using an Open Source OS so we had better prove that it is indeed open source.

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/SourceCode

    Regards.
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
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    Re: Beginner looking for a way to see the OS code

    There's also http://www.kernel.org for the Linux kernel. If you are interested in the GNOME desktop, http://library.gnome.org/ or just GTK in general http://www.gtk.org/.

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    Re: Beginner looking for a way to see the OS code

    You can get the source code for any application in the official Ubuntu repositories.

    First enable the source code repositories either by uncommenting the correct lines in /etc/apt/sources.list or by using Synaptic to enable the source code repos.

    You can then just use apt-get to download the source code, for example:
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    apt-get source deluge
    Will download the source code for Deluge into the current working directory.
    Cheesemill

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