People have been using computers ever since they were first unveiled and introduced to the market. It has already been decades yet computers still continue to evolve and take different forms, a testament to the fact that with knowledge, most innovations are possible. For the longest time, computers were associated with Bill Gates and his company Microsoft; this does not come as a surprise.
A computer runs on an operating system. An operating system like Bill Gates’ Microsoft Windows is software that enables and supports the computer’s hardware, allowing it to function according to its roles. In this day and age there are now numerous operating systems which have been created for specific purposes. Some of the more modern operating systems we now have are the Mac OS, IBM z/OS, BSD, iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, and Linux.
Linux, one of the more contemporary operating systems, has successfully made its mark, even challenging software giant, Microsoft. Linux was first released in the early 1990’s by Linuz Torvalds. It is a Unix-like computer operating system which was patterned from free and open source software distribution. People switching to Linux these days may have done so for various reasons, and one of them is cost.
Microsoft’s software may be efficient and capable but they do come with hefty price tags. On the other hand, Linux can be downloaded for free. Its wide distribution can be attributed to it us free of any costs which also allows users to install the operating system on various computers without any recurring fees, unlike Microsoft’s licenses. Another area wherein Linux wins over Microsoft is in security. Linux users will not be compelled to pay extra for virus protection software simply because it has been spared from widespread computer viruses and spyware in all the years that Linux has been around.
Just recently, the 13th edition of the popular Linux operating system was released in the form of “Maya”. This new edition uses the 3.2 Linux kernel and is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It has a number of new features and many changes were made as a result of that release, which should prove to be exciting for those who are interested in new Linux products.
Linux Mint 13 comes in two different forms, meaning users can choose between two desktop environments. This is a useful option, as it can be nice to be able to choose the design you want, so that you are much more comfortable when using your computer to do things like write documents, set up a virtual office, or other, more mundane activities like playing games. The first of these options utilizes version 1.4 of Cinnamon, which is a part of GNOME 3’s GNOME Shell interface. The other option includes the 1.2 version of the MATE GNOME 2.x fork and will provide users with a different experience.
Both of these new additions include new and improved Mint-X and Mint-Z themes, as well as better support for GTK3. They also feature MDM, which is a display manager based on GNOME Display Manager’s version 2.20. According to its developers, this Display Manager has more features than any other one on the market at the moment, a very impressive claim to make.
The default search engine for this product will be Yahoo! and this change has already taken place in countries including the U. K., the U. S., Canada, Spain, France, and Germany. This is a partnership that will boost income and revenue for the project, enabling it to develop even further. This is a change from Linux’s previous partnership with the search firm DuckDuckGo, which still provides searching options for users.