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Linux is an open-source, Unix-like operating system kernel that serves as the core component of various Linux-based operating systems. It was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 and has since become one of the most popular and widely used operating systems globally. Linux is known for its stability, security, and flexibility, and it powers a wide range of devices, from servers and desktop computers to embedded systems and mobile devices. Here are key aspects to understand about Linux: