Writing this paper it gave me the chance to learn about the different Linux O/S’s that are out in the PC world. One of the platforms which I liked was Ubuntu platform, announced in September 2004, the project was created by Mark Shuttleworth, a South African multimillionaire, it is said to be user/desktop friendly, lots of documentation, fixed release cycles, and both official and user-contributed. Ubuntu has grown to become the most popular desktop Linux distribution and has greatly contributed towards developing an easy-to-use and free desktop operating system that can compete well with any proprietary ones available on the market. Another Linux platform is Fedora, it was officially released in September 2004, but its origins can be traced back to 1995 when it was launched by two Linux visionaries -- Bob Young and Marc Ewing -- under the name of Red Hat Linux. Though Fedora is still largely owned by Red Hat there is no denying that Fedora is one of the most innovative distributions available today with its highly innovative; outstanding security features; large number of supported packages, strict adherence to the free software philosophy, and availability of live CDs featuring many popular desktop environments. But it does have its drawbacks it is not really beginner friendly, KDE 4 and GNOME 3 occasionally alienate some desktop users. Lastly the final Linux platform that I really enjoyed reading about was a tough choice between Debian and Mageia but I decided to go with Mageia which was established in September 2010 its roots can be traced back to July 1998 when Gaël Duval launched Mandrake Linux. Mandrake was later turned into a commercial enterprise and renamed to Mandriva until going almost bankrupt before a Russian company bought the company but later laid off most of the work force, well those laid off workers then started Mageia in 2010. Mageia is beginner-friendly, excellent...
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