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Many people have wondered the question ``What is Linux?'' The first thing people think is that Linux is a company. Because there is no company called Linux, people are often confused. The next thing people tend to thing is that Linux is a software program you install on another operating system. The software idea is closer, but not quite right. I will attempt to give you a little bit of information in the sections about the history, distributions, and about Open Source Software to help you decide that for yourself what Linux really is.