Linux® is an operating system (OS) that is based on the multiprocessing design of UNIX®. Currently there are many free versions of Linux® available on the Internet. This Linux® freeware typically works the same as most commercial based Linux® products without the additional costs. Choosing the best free version of Linux® primarily depends on the technical capabilities of the team using the product. Most freeware versions of Linux® are designed for technically savvy individuals.
There are many versions of Linux® available for free downloading. These versions of the popular operating system provide high performance software for a vast array of hardware and device configurations. Linux® freeware gives consumers a choice between high-end commercial products and free software to manage computers. Linux® originated many years ago as a free OS to compete against Windows® and UNIX® operating systems. It was commercialized with Red Hat Linux® version in 1994.
Ubuntu is an efficient version of Linux® freeware that is easily found on the Internet. This OS offers many advanced performance features with a similar desktop experience to the comparable Windows® system. Ubuntu provides a well balanced multiprocessing platform that enables the user to perform simultaneous tasks without impacting the performance of the system. This OS is relatively simple to install and includes a good support network.
Another open-source version of Linux®, openSUSE®, is designed for desktops, laptops, and servers. This operating system is one of the better implementations of Linux® freeware available. The primary drawback to this version of Linux® is the strict following of free software philosophy, which limits the proprietary hooks to devices and libraries within the core operating system.
Ubuntu studio is one of the better Linux® freeware operating systems designed for graphics, audio and video designers. This open source version of Linux® provides users with a multiprocessing experience that is necessary for most advanced graphics designer companies. Ubuntu studio can enable multiprocessing of audio, video, and graphical design, which provides the user with better productivity and performance.
Debian is one of the original Linux® freeware versions available. It provides an easy-to-use installation program, with many additional freeware add-on tools to support the management of the system. This OS was first available in 1993 and remains free for download today. Debian has a large user base, and open source community for support.