Linux is a free Unix-type operating system originally created by
Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world.
Developed under the GNU General Public License, the source code for
Linux is freely available to everyone. Click here
to find out more about the operating system that is causing a
revolution in the world of computers. The following is a brief
list of Linux distributions.
Keep in mind that this is only a small fraction of the available
Linux distros. For a more complete listing, look here.
If you're looking for a recommendation, we use Mandrake Linux almost
exclusively within our department. If you're on the Tech
campus, you can download it here.
BSD (short for Berkeley Systems Division) is one of the original
derivatives of AT&T's UNIX. As such, it has a long and
glorious lineage and is well known for it's speed and rock-solid
reliablity. Some of the free variants available are listed
Those with more commercial leanings should check out BSDI.
In UNIX Xwindows environments, window managers / desktop environments are often the way we interact with the OS. They can vary from exceedingly simple to overtly ornate, and the merits of each are as much a matter of individual preference as anything else. Here's a brief listing of some of the free window managers and desktop environments available.
A few browsers, office suites, email clients, and other items various and sundry, all free.
OpenOffice, the open source successor to StarOffice.