Linux on the desktopDesktop Linux, also Linux on the desktop, is where the Linux operating system is installed on a personal computer and is setup for personal use. The term is intended to clarify this usage from other roles, such as, using Linux as a server. Desktop Linux will usually have more "end user" software packages installed. Some Linux distributions have targeted the desktop role specifically. Other distributions include a superset of all of the software available for the platform. In that case, the user may be given the choice to select either a "desktop" or "server" type when the operating system is installed.
Since at least 2001, a meme known as "(year) will be the year of Linux on the Desktop" has been published by a number of tech-related magazines and websites, referring to the prior year's experiences of supposed "gains" for Linux adoption by business corporations.
Most Linux distributions provide a program (APT, YUM, RPM, YAST or UP2DATE) for browsing a list of thousands of free software applications that have already been tested and configured for a specific distribution. These free programs can be downloaded and installed with one mouse click. A digital signature guarantees that the program was not modified after the download package was created and the package manager automatically tracks and installs updates as they become available.
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