Originally Published: Thursday, 27 September 2001 Author: Jessica Sheffield with the Staff and Volunteers of Linux.com
Published to: learn_articles_firststep/General Page: 3/3 - [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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Seul - Simple End-User Linux - is a completely volunteer supported site that has as its mandate the belief that Linux is (or certainly can be) a powerful operating system for all kinds of computer users, particular desktop users and beginners. Seul is a growing and complete resource including news feeds, plenty of information on software downloads and even hosting many software projects right on the Seul servers. Well worth a regular visit.



Slackware Linux was one of the first Linux distributions to appear. Slackware.com is the official Slackware Linux website. It contains information on downloading or purchasing Slackware, support, manuals, links, and news. Nearly all the material is Slackware-related; there isn't much information about Linux in general, but the information about Slackware is detailed and solid. Slackware is probably the most stable of the Linux distributions because of its long history, but also one of the hardest to use because of its lack of commercial enhancements.



Slashdot: "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters" has become the flagship of the open source community. Nearly all its content is community-contributed - anyone can submit a story, then the editors choose what appears on the page. There are also several weekly features on topics ranging from editorials to interviews to music and more. Slashdot's strongest point is its community, who comment on every article as it is posted, then moderate each other's comments according to their contribution to the topic. (Slashdot is part of OSDN which also owns Linux.com.)



SourceForge provides free hosting and development tools to free and open source software projects. SourceForge offers, among other things, a CVS repository, mailing lists, bug tracking, message forums, task management software, web site hosting, permanent file archives, full backups, and total web-based administration. There are over 27,000 registered projects on Sourceforge, which has been active almost two years. Many major open source software projects are hosted on SourceForge, which makes it a good place to look for the latest versions of software. (SourceForge is part of OSDN which also owns Linux.com, as if you haven't gotten that already from the earlier mentions.)

Stampede Linux


Stampede Linux is a distribution optimized for speed, and is not based on any of the other distributions (most of the distributions are based on Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, or SuSE Linux). The project is volunteer-driven. Stampede's website is a good source of information about Stampede, but does not contain much general Linux information.

SuSE Linux


SuSE Linux is another distribution of Linux, based in Germany. The SuSE website is well laid out and informational, with documentation about SuSE in particular and Linux in general. The site is searchable and has a prominent link to a sitemap in case you get lost. SuSE is a well-established distribution, particularly in Europe, and the amount and density of information on their website shows it.



Themes.org is a repository for desktop themes for the X window system, a graphical interface used with Unix and Linux. All the themes are community-contributed and freely downloadable. The site also posts news on happenings in the desktop interface and applications world. As of September 26, Themes.org is currently undergoing a redesign, which should be finished soon and make it an even better resource. (Themes.org is part of OSDN... you get the picture)



UK.LINUX.ORG is a website maintained by Alan Cox, author of a great deal of the Linux kernel. It has one of the best basic introductions to Linux available on the web, complete with screenshots from Alan's desktop. The web page also has short summaries of all the major Linux distributions, with a link to their home pages. The Links page has links to Linux groups and vendors in England, the only page on which they are all gathered in one place. Alan also put up a "Linux Y2K" page to dispel fears that Linux might be affected by the Y2K bug. Also on the front page are headlines from other major Linux sites. All in all, UK.LINUX.ORG is a very good portal site for anyone in England looking for information about Linux, and a good informational site for anyone outside of England.



UnixPower.org is a complete source of information about UNIX and its variants, Linux, BSD, Irix, HP-UX, and Solaris. It includes links to documentation, support, how-to's, and information on nearly every variant of Unix, no matter how obscure. The site also has links to *NIX conferences, books, websites, and security groups. It is very easily navigable and well presented.

ZDnet Linux Hardware Database


This commercial site contains one of the most complete Linux hardware databases on the Web. Here you can find reviews, views and news along with compatibility and testing results. Got a question about your hardware or have you just run into that hardware wall? Check out ZDNet's contribution to the community.

We know this isn't a comprehensive list of Linux websites, but it should be enough to get any beginner started on finding the information they need. Of course, we highly recommend you browse our own article archives, resources, and comment boards for Linux information as well. If you know of a great Linux resource for beginners, please post it in a comment with a short description. You can also go to our Links tool to find lots of other great beginner sites. Happy surfing!

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