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    Linux kernal

    A couple of times in the forums i have read this
    linux is a kernal, nothing more
    This puzzles me, my understanding was that the linux kernal is the nucleus of
    every linux OS. The one common denominator of all 300 + distros. Since the
    main components of an OS are, kernal, desktop and software, that would make the kernal of invaluable importance would it not?
    Am i being over simplistic here? Correct me if i am wrong.
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    Re: Linux kernal

    I think you most often see that as an expression indicating that, as a tool, there is no magical, mystical, metaphysical advantage of Linux over Windows or Apple.

    It's part of a system that does the same things those others do: provide a tool for getting useful work done.

    However, some may mean by that that the kernel is the essence of Linux, the rest is attractive window dressing and packaging.
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    Re: Linux kernal

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    I think you most often see that as an expression indicating that, as a tool, there is no magical, mystical, metaphysical advantage of Linux over Windows or Apple.

    It's part of a system that does the same things those others do: provide a tool for getting useful work done.

    However, some may mean by that that the kernel is the essence of Linux, the rest is attractive window dressing and packaging.
    Thank you , this helps!

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    Re: Linux kernal

    it is just a kernel, but the OS/distro is a system utilising that kernel, thus referred to as linux for short, meaning it is a system using linux.

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