Deconstructing a Linux Distro
One of the first things that surprises new Linux users who come from other operating systems such as Windows or Mac OS is that a single entity called Linux OS does not, in fact, exist. Linux is only a kernel, not an OS, and what people generally perceive as Linux OS is actually a Linux distribution, and more precisely a GNU/Linux distribution. The Linux distribution concept is very popular, and it is commonly known as a Linux distro. This is the term that I use throughout the rest of the book. Don’t be put off by all of these terms: I cover them in detail in this chapter.