[lin-uh ks or, esp. British, lin-oo ks]
- an operating system, based on UNIX, that runs on many different hardware platforms and whose source code is available to the public.
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OS X is needed to run Final Cut Pro, a state-of-the-art video editing software, and Linux is used to hack into wireless networks.The Technology Propelling #OccupyWallStreet
October 6, 2011
- a nonproprietary computer operating system suitable for use on personal computers
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Word Origin and History for linux
computer operating system, named for Linux kernel, written 1991 by Linus Torvalds of Finland (who coined the word but did not choose it as the name).
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