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Linux (pronounced [ˈlɪnəks] LIN-ux; or [ˈlaɪˌnʌks] LIE-nucks; or whatever the PR department decides to stick with at the time) is a term referring to any operating system (OS) based on the Linux kernel. A fully-fledged Linux OS (or a "distribution") is usually designed to mimic the behavior of a UNIX-compliant operating system and for the IT department that is too much of a cheapskate to purchase anything properly certified. Despite its more orthodox uses in server deployment, Linux is also immensely popular amongst 1% of all desktop users worldwide and has a notorious reputation for causing spontaneous melting-point conflicts amongst users that outsiders simply could not care less about.