Voluntary organization that produces distributions of Free Software operating systems, including Linux. Because it is a nonprofit organization run by passionate Free Software advocates, it is considered the most ethically sound of all Linux outfits. Many commercial distros use Debian as the basis for their software because of its claimed reliability and relative simplicity.
A way of referring to system files that a program requires in order to run. If the dependencies are not present during program installation, it will usually refuse to install.
Linux shorthand describing something on your system that provides a function for the user or that the system requires in order to run. This usually refers to hardware, but it can also describe a virtual device that is created to provide access to a particular Linux function.
What Windows refers to as a folder; areas on a hard disk in which files can be stored and organized.
A collection of software making up the Linux operating system; also known as a distro. The software is usually compiled by either a company or organization. A distribution is designed to be easy to install, administer, and use by virtue of it being an integrated whole. Examples include SUSE Linux, Red Hat, and Debian.
Shorthand for distribution.
Another way of describing written guides or instructions; can refer to online sources of help as well as actual printed documentation.