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1. This company hopes to attract Windows expatriots by promoting an easy way for the average desktop user to migrate to Linux.
a. Exim
b. Peoplesoft
c. SuSE
d. Websphere
e. Mobitex

2. This is the part of the Linux operating system that Linus Torvalds wrote.
a. kernel
b. centrex
c. BIOS
d. shell
e. BeOS

3. This is a graphical user interface (GUI) and set of computer desktop applications for Linux users.
a. Gnutella
b. Galileo
c. GIMP
d. GNOME
e. GNU

4. This approach to building a supercomputer often incorporates the Linux OS as a way to lower cost and increase vendor independency.
a. Beowulf
b. ring network
c. collaborative authoring
d. Internet2
e. Unicode

5. This popular text editor created by Richard Stallman provides typed commands and special key combinations that let you add, delete, insert, and otherwise manipulate words, letters, lines, and other units of text.
a. shebang
b. text on nine keys
c. Emacs
d. Vi
e. command line interface

6. This was one of the first companies to realize that "free" software could be conveniently packaged and sold as a product.
a. SeeBeyond
b. Red Book
c. Handspring
d. Mosaic
e. Red Hat

7. This network file system is a popular freeware program that allows end users to access and use files, printers, and other commonly shared resources on a company's intranet or on the Internet.
a. Samba
b. Lisp
c. Tux
d. Darwin
e. NetWare

8. The client/server relationship is reversed in this open, cross-platform system for managing a windowed GUI in a distributed network.
a. Distributed interNet Applications Architecture
b. Open Systems Interconnection
c. DARPANet
d. reverse Telnet
e. X Window System

9. This is a popular and freely-available Linux package that uses the Linux kernel and other program components obtained from the GNU project.
a. Lynx
b. Debian
c. OASIS
d. Fizt
e. CORBA

10. This is a script language and interpreter that is freely available and used primarily on Linux Web servers as an alternative to Microsoft's Active Server Page (ASP) technology.
a. PHP
b. ActionScript
c. AUP
d. OpenGL
e. CRON script

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This was last updated in August 2008

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