Richmond Linux Users Group (RLUG) 


 May the source be with you 

 HomeGroup - FAQ - Links

 


This the new home of RLUG and it is currently under construction.  We are a community based on our love of Linux and Free and/or Open Software (FOSS).  For those you dont know what any of this means please see the definations from Wikipedia below, and to discuss more please join our group 


Google Groups Beta
Subscribe to Richmond Linux Users Group
Email:
Visit this group


Linux (also known as GNU/Linux) is a Unix-like computer operating system. It is one of the most prominent examples of open source development and free software; unlike proprietary operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, its underlying source code is available for anyone to use, modify, and redistribute freely.

Initially developed and used primarily by individual enthusiasts on personal computers, Linux has since gained the support of corporations such as IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and Novell, Inc., and has risen to prominence as an operating system for servers; eight of the ten most reliable internet hosting companies now run Linux on their web servers.[1]

Linux has been more widely ported to different computing platforms than any other operating system. It is used in devices ranging from supercomputers to mobile phones, and is gaining popularity in the personal computer market.[2]



Free Software is the term introduced by Richard Stallman in 1983 for software which the user can use for any purpose, study the source code of, adapt to their needs, and redistribute - modified or unmodified. The ambiguity of the English word "free" in the term means that, if not explained, "free software" can be misunderstood to mean software that is available without charge. To address this, many people have suggested alternative names.

Suggested names

"Open source software", "Software Libre", "Free/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS)", and "Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS)". Although the open source and free software movements share almost identical license criteria and development practices, according to Richard Stallman the respective philosophical values of the two movements are fundamentally different. Some people use "libre" to avoid the ambiguity of the word "free". However, these terms are mostly used within the free software movement and are slowly spreading. Stallman endorses the terms Free/Libre/Open-Source Software ("FLOSS") and Free and Open Source Software ("F/OSS") to refer to "open source" and "free software" respectively, without necessarily choosing between or dividing the two camps, but he asks people to consider supporting the "free software" camp. The most popular of these has been "open-source software". So much so that one goal of the FLOSS and FOSS terms has been to avoid taking a side in the "free software" vs. "open-source software" debate.