The Linux operating system has gained in popularity in the past few years. This is in large part because it is a free open source program anyone can download and install on their computer. There are some questions people often ask before choosing to install this system. One of the more frequently asked questions is whether the operating system will be able to run Windows programs. Linux itself is not designed to run the code used for creating Windows based software, but there are emulator programs which can be installed inside of Linux to run any of the Windows based software.
People who use Linux often wonder about the ability to add new utilities to their existing operating system. Because Linux is an open source program, new add-ons are continuously being created for it. One of the concerns people have with this system is in the area of security. The add-on available for increased security can protect your computer when you are browsing the Internet or connected to a networking system. Linux can be added to a computer as either a primary or secondary operating system when the computer has more than one hard drive or when a single hard drive is partitioned.