The GNU/Linux operating system was born from the Linux kernel developed by Linus Torvalds and GNU software packages developed by Richard Stallman and others at the GNU project. GNU/Linux quickly blossomed and has become a successful OS with a community of more than five million users and developers. The GNU/Linux paradigm encourages a sense of community and participation, building upon shared knowledge. The same tenets of collaboration and shared knowledge are espoused by academia and the educational system. Therefore, researchers conducted an online survey to examine the learning practices of the GNU/Linux community and to determine whether the GNU/Linux community might be considered a participatory learning community.