Originally Published: Thursday, 27 September 2001 Author: Jessica Sheffield with the Staff and Volunteers of Linux.com
Published to: learn_articles_firststep/General Page: 1/3 - [Printable]

Linux.com Beginners Week: Linux.com Top Pick of Beginners Web Sites

As Beginners week draws to a close here at Linux.com and folks are starting to settle down after the rush of events and activities, the staff and volunteers of Linux.com thought it would be useful to assemble and review some of the other web sites out there useful for the Linux beginner.

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One of the most critical skills a Linux beginner needs is the ability to Web surf. We don't think about surfing often, but the ability to find the right information quickly is a big factor in many of the tasks you will run into on your Linux journey. With that in mind, here at Linux.com we thought a great resource for Beginners week would be a look at many of the web sites out there that a Linux beginner should visit, at least once. Of course, you will also find masses of information on Linux.com, but in the one-in-five trillion (plus or minus 2%) chance you don't find what you need right here, the Staff and Volunteers of Linux.com have put together this list of their favorite watering holes.



The official home page for Caldera Linux. Their "self help" section under Support provides some great resources for Caldera users, and Linux users in general.

Debian GNU/Linux


Debian GNU/Linux is a distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. The website is dedicated to information about Linux in general and Debian in particular. Debian is a truly "free" operating system in that it is not only open source software, but free of charge as well. The Debian website has information on installing Debian, a support area, news, development information, and some very good facts about free software.



Freshmeat is the largest index of Linux and open source software available on the Web. It has a very easy-to-use search function which allows users to find nearly anything they are looking for. In addition, users can search by category if they are not sure exactly what they are looking for. Freshmeat's main page may look confusing to the new user; what it primarily consists of is updates about pieces of open source software, contributed by the maintainers of that software. The site's main strength is its searchability. Also of interest is the ability to see how old a software program is, when it was last updated, or what the most recent version is. Freshmeat is a must-visit for anyone needing information about open source software applications. (Freshmeat is part of OSDN, which also owns Linux.com.)

GNU's Not Unix!


GNU's Not Unix! is the website of the GNU project, the free operating system based around the Linux kernel. It has translations into over a dozen languages and provides information about many aspects of GNU. The GNU page also hosts the website of the Free Software Foundation which predates Linux by many years, and an index of many free software applications, as well as news, links, projects, and other subsites. The GNU website is volunteer-run. It is heavy on content but very light on design, and navigation can be difficult.



Served by The Internet Software Consortium, Inc. this site is as close as the open source world comes to an "official" site, in this case for distribution of the Linux kernel. Most beginners will not have to worry about their kernel, as it is just one part of a complete distribution that you probably already have. But as you learn more you may start to find you want to update your kernel, or recompile it for some reason. When that need hits you, this is the place to go.

Kernel Newbies


Including frequently asked questions, a complete glossary and plenty of other content gleaned from the #kernelnewbie IRC channel, this site is a fantastic first stop for any beginner interested in doing or just reading about kernel hacking and programming. If that's where you're going, this is a great stop on the way.

Linux Documentation Project


The Linux Documentation Project's website and various mirrors aim to be the most complete repository of Linux information anywhere. It contains guides on installing Linux, how-to's for many software applications and features, FAQs, manual pages for individual Linux commands, and more. The LDP has been translated into many languages and translation projects are ongoing. Documentation for the LDP is community-contributed and reviewed by LDP members and sometimes a little out of date. The website itself is easy to use and search. Documentation is indexed by name and by category.

Linux Games


Everybody loves gaming whether they are willing to admit it or not. This is a fantastic independent site for Linux gamers with up-to-the minute news and information on new releases, ports and everything for Linux Games. You can even leave comments and get involved with other gamers who share your, um, proclivities.

Linux HQ


Another site focused on the Linux Kernel, the LinuxHQ is a nicely organized and easy to use reference site with plenty of links to help you find what you need. You'll also find mailing list archives and information about Linux distributions here.

Linux International


Linux International is a Linux advocacy group dedicated to spreading knowledge about Linux and helping its progress. Their website is quite informational, containing information about LI's goals, contact information, and an interesting history of Linux's early development, written by Linus Torvalds. The Linux International page also has one of the best and most complete answers to the question "What is Linux?" available in on the Web. The site is extremely navigable and easy to comprehend; all the information is laid out in a very easy-to-read format, and everything is easy to find from the left navigation bar.



The Linux ISO site provides links to CD images of many Linux distributions ready for download. The site also has information on burning your own CDs with Linux. A quick and convenient site.

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