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A family of free and open source software operating systems based on the Linux kernel

What is Linux?

A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
Linux is a tool in the Operating Systems category of a tech stack.

Who uses Linux?

16 companies use Linux in their tech stacks, including Broadsheet, Deliveroo, and Rightech IoT Cloud.

120 developers use Linux.

Linux Integrations

Oh My ZSH, Supervisord, tmux, Zsh (Z shell), and FileZilla are some of the popular tools that integrate with Linux. Here's a list of all 19 tools that integrate with Linux.

Why developers like Linux?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Linux
Top Reasons
Linux Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Linux in their tech stack.

SVN (Subversion)
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because at this time is a mature software and I can do practically everything using it.

  • It's free and open source: The project is hosted on GitHub and it’s free to download, fork, modify and contribute to the project.

  • Multi-platform: You can download binaries for different platforms, included Windows (x64), MacOS and Linux (.rpm and .deb packages)

  • LightWeight: It runs smoothly in different devices. It has an average memory and CPU usage. Starts almost immediately and it’s very stable.

  • Extended language support: Supports by default the majority of the most used languages and syntax like JavaScript, HTML, C#, Swift, Java, PHP, Python and others. Also, VS Code supports different file types associated to projects like .ini, .properties, XML and JSON files.

  • Integrated tools: Includes an integrated terminal, debugger, problem list and console output inspector. The project navigator sidebar is simple and powerful: you can manage your files and folders with ease. The command palette helps you find commands by text. The search widget has a powerful auto-complete feature to search and find your files.

  • Extensible and configurable: There are many extensions available for every language supported, including syntax highlighters, IntelliSense and code completion, and debuggers. There are also extension to manage application configuration and architecture like Docker and Jenkins.

  • Integrated with Git: You can visually manage your project repositories, pull, commit and push your changes, and easy conflict resolution.( there is support for SVN (Subversion) users by plugin)

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Wesly Nouse
Wesly Nouse
Owner at Absolum · | 7 upvotes · 5.9K views
Microsoft Office 365
G Suite

We use G Suite because of its cheap costs, easy management/administration, Excellent DKIM score, and everything that comes with it. We switched from Microsoft Office 365 because it doesn't work on Linux which is our OS of choice. Furthermore, G Suite does not lack any of the features that Office365 had to offer, I'd even say it offers more.

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Daniel Quinn
Daniel Quinn
Senior Developer at Founders4Schools · | 7 upvotes · 2.5K views

Docker is amazeballs for things like testing your application in multiple environments and software versions. You can write one Python library and then automate the execution of that same test suite in 10 different Linuxes, and 4 different Python versions -- all as part of your CI.

It's also handy in this age of "spin up a thing to take care of X" -- though I tend to try to avoid having too many moving parts in an application. Still, being able to stand up a caching server, queue server, and data server -- all in about 30 seconds is really handy for development.

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Abdullah Erdoğan
Abdullah Erdoğan
Developer at Prizma · | 6 upvotes · 4K views
.NET Core
Visual Studio

Visual Studio Git GitLab MariaDB nginx Linux

Visual Studio 2019 is increasing my productivity incredibly when I building MVC WebAPI and Web project. GitLab is essential tools for me. Issue boards are great as well as Source code safe in GitLab. The most amazing thing is Microsoft's new strategy on .NET enviroment for me. I love .NET Core 's cross platform support. I can deploy my projects on Linux via nginx and .NET Core runtime or self host options. MariaDB become our first choose database option because of its great talents.

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Marcel Kornegoor
Marcel Kornegoor
CTO at AT Computing · | 5 upvotes · 19.2K views
atAT Computing
Puppet Labs
Google Compute Engine
Visual Studio Code
Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Since #ATComputing is a vendor independent Linux and open source specialist, we do not have a favorite Linux distribution. We mainly use Ubuntu , Centos Debian , Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora during our daily work. These are also the distributions we see most often used in our customers environments.

For our #ci/cd training, we use an open source pipeline that is build around Visual Studio Code , Jenkins , VirtualBox , GitHub , Docker Kubernetes and Google Compute Engine.

For #ServerConfigurationAndAutomation, we have embraced and contributed to Ansible mainly because it is not only flexible and powerful, but also straightforward and easier to learn than some other (open source) solutions. On the other hand: we are not affraid of Puppet Labs and Chef either.

Currently, our most popular #programming #Language course is Python . The reason Python is so popular has to do with it's versatility, but also with its low complexity. This helps sysadmins to write scripts or simple programs to make their job less repetitive and automating things more fun. Python is also widely used to communicate with (REST) API's and for data analysis.

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Arch Linux

I once used Ubuntu as my exclusive Linux distro, but then I decided to switch my primary operating system to Arch Linux.

While more difficult to install, Arch Linux offered more flexibility during the installation process which allowed me to customize my system to fit me perfectly. With Ubuntu, instead of installing everything i did want, I had to remove everything that I didn't need.

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Linux's features

  • Portable(Multiplatform)
  • Multitasking
  • Multi User
  • Multiprocessor SMP Support
  • Multithreading Support
  • Virtual Memory
  • Hierarchical File System
  • Graphical User Interface (X Window System)

Linux Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Linux?
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Arch Linux
A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
Android SDK
Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment.
Windows 10
It is the latest iteration of the Microsoft operating systems and has been optimized for home PC performance in a wide variety of applications from serious work to after-hours gaming.
A series of personal computer operating systems produced by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family of operating systems.
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