What is Linux Kernel?

A kernel is the central module of an operating system (OS). Each and every OS has a kernel. The Linux is a type of kernel, around which the operating system has been created.

As a kernel, it loads first and simultaneously remains in main memory. It is responsible for providing all the essential services that are required by other parts of the operating system and applications.

The Linux Kernel is designed based on the UNIX kernel. It is highly versatile and can be deployed on both traditional computer systems such as personal computers and servers, as well as on devices such as routers, wireless access points, PBXes, set-top boxes, FTA receivers, smart TVs, PVRs and NAS appliances. In fact, the Android operating system is based on the Linux Kernel.

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