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10 of the Best Online Resources for Linux Beginners

written by: Michael Dougherty•edited by: J. F. Amprimoz•updated: 10/20/2010

As we all know, the internet is an invaluable resource for just about everything. Learning Linux is no different! Here are 10 Online Resources that will give you a good start on your quest to become a Linux Guru!

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    Linux: Online Resources

    LinuxQuestions.org

    If there is one Linux community you join ... this is the one. Linuxquestions.org currently has over 400,000 registered users and 3.5+ million posts making it a very active community with a wealth of information. Here you will find Linux Tutorials, Distro Reviews, Book Reviews, a popular HCL (Hardware Compatibility List), and the bulk of the site ... the forums. I can't tell you how many times in the past I have turned to the members of this site for an answer to a question I've had about one of my numerous Linux installs. I have found the community to be polite (most of them), knowledgeable, and in most cases eager to help. Currently I find myself answering more questions for the members than I ask but on those occasions when I am stumped with a Linux issue I still turn to the members of Linuxquestions.org.

    Ubuntu Forums

    The place to be for Ubuntu Linux related issues. This is another very active site and a great community. Overall the members are knowledgeable and eager to help, although the odd flame war has been known to break out here. One thing worth mentioning about the Ubuntu Forums is that it is geared specifically towards Ubuntu Linux users but contains a wealth of information that any Linux user can make use of. Ubuntu users have also been known to, on occasion, help people with issues specific to other distributions.

    LinuxForums.org

    Another fairly active Linux forum. I do not have nearly as much experience with this forum but I keep it bookmarked should LinuxQuestions.org and Ubuntu Forums fail me! Definitely worth a look.

    FOSSwire Ubuntu Reference

    Speaks for itself. A great Ubuntu Reference cheat sheet. Print it and keep it handy as you learn Ubuntu.

    FOSSwire Installing Software on Ubuntu

    This cheat sheet focuses on the installation of software in Ubuntu. Another one worth keeping handy as you learn Ubuntu.

    FOSSwire Unix/Linux Command Reference

    The best basic command line reference I've been able to find. Does not go into great detail or cover the more obscure commands but every Linux Beginner should start by learning the commands on this cheat sheet.

    HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

    An extensive list of Linux How-to's and Tutorials. Most are very well written and contain a limited amount of outdated or false information. As a Linux Beginner you will benefit greatly from spending some free time going through these tutorials.

    Online Man Pages

    Comprehensive list of Commands, Subroutines, Files & Formats, Games, Macros and Maintenance.

    Slashdot Linux

    Some hate Slashdot while some love it. No matter what you think of Slashdot in general I have found many interesting stories and tutorials in the Linux section. Bookmark it and visit it daily ... you never know what you'll learn.

    Google.com

    Lastly, the best Online Resource for Linux Beginners. All the information you will ever need on Linux is just a search away.

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    Linux: Online Resources: Images

    LinuxQuestions.orgUbuntu LinuxLinux Forums
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    Final Thoughts

    Learning Linux can be a fun yet frustrating experience. Making use of these Online Linux Resources will save you a lot of hair pulling as you learn the ins-and-outs of the greatest OS (Operating System) in the world. From learning basic Linux commands to getting help with any problems you encounter, these resources will prove invaluable. These are resources I myself have made use of extensively from day 1 but this is by no means a definitive list. Know of a great Online Linux Resource not listed here that others may find useful? Be sure to leave a comment and let us know!

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    Alternatively, check out this list of International Linux Magazines if you want something in print, or for a look back into our recent history here are some previous Online Learning Linux Resources.

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