ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

linux kernel

Linux is like a really big set of instructions that tells your computer how to work. It's like an instruction book that tells your computer how to turn off and on, how to start different programs, and how to remember different things. The Linux kernel is the brain of your computer and helps keep it running smoothly. It helps manage everything your computer does and makes sure everything works together. The kernel helps make sure your computer is fast, efficient and reliable.