Microsoft Windows is a series of graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft. Version history The term Windows collectively describes any or all of several generations of Microsoft operating system products. These products are generally categorized as follows: Early versions Microsoft Windows
The Linux kernel is ubiquitously found on various hardware and is supported by an abundance of both free and open-source and also proprietary software The Linux kernel is released under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2) (plus some firmware images with various non-free licenses), and is developed by contributors worldwide. Day-to-day development discussions take place on the Linux kernel mailing list. The Linux kernel was initially conceived and created in 1991 by Finnish computer science student Linus Torvalds. Linux rapidly accumulated developers and users who adapted code from other free software projects for use with the new operating system. The Linux kernel has received contributions from thousands of programmers. History
Fedora (operating system) Fedora /fɨˈdɒr.ə/, formerly Fedora Core, is an RPM-based, general purpose collection of software, including an operating system based on the Linux kernel, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and owned by Red Hat. The Fedora Project's mission is to lead the advancement of free and open source software and content as a collaborative community. One of Fedora's main objectives is not only to contain software distributed under a free and open source license, but also to be on the leading edge of such technologies. Fedora developers prefer to make upstream changes instead of applying fixes specifically for Fedora—this ensures that their updates are available to all Linux distributions.
Debian (/ˈdɛbiən/) is an operating system composed of free software mostly carrying the GNU General Public License. The operating system is developed by an internet collaboration of volunteers aligned with The Debian Project. Debian systems can use either the Linux kernel (known as the Debian GNU/Linux distribution), the FreeBSD kernel (known as the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD distribution) or, more recently, the GNU Hurd kernel (more precisely, the GNU Mach microkernel and its servers; known as the Debian GNU/Hurd distribution). Debian GNU/Linux is one of the most popular Linux distributions for personal and Internet server machines. Debian is seen as a solid Linux, and as a consequence has been used as a base for other Linux distributions; Distrowatch lists 144 active Debian derivatives. Debian has been forked many times, but is not affiliated with its derivatives. Debian
Ubuntu (operating system) Ubuntu (/ʊˈbʊntuː/ uu-BUUN-too) is a Debian-based Linux operating system, with Unity as its default desktop environment (formerly GNOME). It is based on free software and named after the Southern African philosophy of ubuntu (literally, "human-ness"), which often is translated as "humanity towards others" or "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity". According to some metrics, Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution. See Installed base section.
Linux Mint is a computer operating system based on the Linux distribution Ubuntu . Linux Mint provides a more complete out of the box experience by including proprietary and patented software . [ 1 ] Linux Mint introduced its first release, named "Ada", in 2006. Its latest and 13th release is "Maya". [ edit ] History Linux Mint started in 2006 with a beta release called 1.0 "Ada".