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Although Linux has a number of distributions with Graphical User Interfaces, like Ubuntu, the objective of this page and the sub-pages is to look at Linux from an engineering perspective. How does it work from the hardware up? As I write more, more of the details will get filled in but I am not going to re-write what has already been written. I will simply provide links to that.

So far the components of Linux I have dealt with are only the Kernel and the Shell.

The kernel of an operating system provides a standard interface for the user's processes to use the non-standard functionality served by the varied hardware of different machines.

The shell is a user process that provides a command prompt and processes the commands typed by the user. It can be accessed by starting a Terminal. In Ubuntu this should be found on the menu Applications>Accessories>Terminal.

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Subpages (2): Shell The Kernel