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Linux is a family of free and open source Unix-like operating systems based on Linus Torvald's Linux kernel. It is commonly used in servers and in software development. Linux is sometimes called GNU/Linux because software provided by the GNU Project is often included in Linux distributions.

Linux is not mentioned anywhere in NetHack's history file. However, NetHack and most of its variants have been supported on Linux for a long time.

To install NetHack locally, the easiest option is usually using your Linux distribution's package manager.