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Guide to Linux Kernel

The Linux kernel is hidden behind the curtains but it is the piece of code that powers any Linux distribution. While an ordinary user might never need to mess with the kernel, or even be aware of its existence, IT pros need to be familiar with the Linux kernel.

The articles on this page will help you to get familiar with the Linux kernel and its intricacies. Read the information we have gathered for you and use it creatively. If you don't understand everything, don't panic. Instead, focus on what we explain, read additional literature and soon you will learn at least the basics about the Linux kernel.

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Latest Articles on Linux Kernel
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This Day in Computer History: December 17

Today marks the anniversary of the release of version 2.6.0 of the Linux kernel. Read more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology of notable events in the computer...

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