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You love Linux, and you’re checking some of the best websites. But you don’t know all of them. Perhaps you get your fix here at MakeUseOf, or perhaps you have a list of sites that teach you about Linux but don’t tell you much about what is happening day to day.
There are hundreds of Linux sites out there, websites, blogs, communities, and so on. But which ones should you be following? Well, aside from MakeUseOf, you should be looking at these 10 great Linux sites.
1. OMG! Ubuntu!
Probably the most fun and engaging website on my entire list of bookmarks, OMG! Ubuntu! is almost completely written by one guy, Joey Sneddon. While there are other contributors from time to time, Sneddon is the driving force.
Offering reliable news on the latest Linux developments, and with a focus on Ubuntu (and Unity and other Ubuntu desktop environments), you’ll also find tutorials, gaming news, the latest on Ubuntu Phone, and details on apps, games, and desktop themes.
With its pleasing website theme, and offering great advice, OMG! Ubuntu! is a vital online destination.
2. It’s FOSS
A lovely site with a weekly newsletter, It’s FOSS (short for “free and open source software“) goes beyond just Linux, and presents a cavalcade of open source news and tips. With tutorials and free ebooks, this website features a team of six contributors, so you can expect a number of different voices.
One of the great things about It’s FOSS is the way it manages to find news that most other sites have completely missed. Couple this with some great presentation, and a passionate community, keeping tabs on the latest news and articles from It’s FOSS is highly recommended.
Add it to your favorites today!
3. Ask Ubuntu
Getting started with Linux is simpler than it has ever been. Expanding that knowledge, and troubleshooting, can be tougher. Unlike Windows, you can’t just ask a colleague or a mate down the pub. What you can do, however, is go online and find the right place to ask questions.
That place might be Reddit (see below) or it might be Ask Ubuntu, one of the biggest Linux question and answer sites out there. The idea is simple: you search for the problem and read the solutions. If nothing matches your own scenario, create an account, ask the question (giving as much relevant information as possible), and wait. Sooner, rather than later, you should have a reply, and be on the way to a solution.
A print magazine (also available in digital formats) with a detailed website, Linux Journal has been running for over 20 years. Offering a 360-degree look at the world of Linux, this is a great resource if you’re trying to learn more about the platform. Go beyond bash and your favorite distros, and find out how Linux is used in science, technology, healthcare, and beyond.
Old magazine articles are repurposed as new website content from time to time, giving you plenty to read. The usual how-tos and reviews can be found, alongside blogs by long-term Linux Journal contributors.
Whether you subscribe to the magazine or not, it’s worth having the Linux Journal website in your bookmarks.
5. Linux Today
Approaching the Linux world purely from the corporate angle, Linux Today is chock full of news and information. Quite unusual in its serious tone, Linux Today features news categories such as IT Management, Infrastructure, Security, and Storage.
In many ways, its existence underlines the importance of Linux to the internet, server management, and cloud computing. The content can seem a bit dry at first, and it’s certainly pitched like an industry publication. But you’ll find features and news in Linux Today that are unlikely to feature on other sites. As such, this site is certainly worth a read.
This is one of the most important websites in the world of Linux. DistroWatch features links to almost every single Linux operating system out there.
The news section is regularly updated with details of the latest stable and test distributions, giving the Linux community a good idea of what’s out, and when.
Meanwhile, links through DistroWatch to distro download pages are used to judge how popular each distro is. The Page Hit Ranking table is used by many websites and publications as an indicator of the current shape of Linux. As an example, Linux Mint has sat atop the DistroWatch ranking table for a few years now, matching its dominance over a declining Ubuntu.
As the growth of gaming on Linux continues, it should come as no surprise to find a dedicated website! Described as a “Linux and SteamOS gaming community,” you will find a remarkable number of games featured, complete with screens and video clips.
The Gaming on Linux site also features a Twitch channel, where you can watch some live gaming. You’ll also find a community forum, IRC channel, and livestreams from community members.
What is particularly interesting about Gaming on Linux is the way the site approaches particular topics. They don’t just write about issues concerning the porting of Civilization VI to Linux (which features the same win conditions as the Windows version) — they go and talk to the developers overseeing the project to find out more. It’s a smart approach that makes Gaming on Linux an unmissable online read.
You shouldn’t be surprised to see Reddit on this list. After all, the popular online destination is the biggest community for so many different topics. While several Linux subreddits exist, this one is the place to start, with tens of new links and hundreds of new comments every day.
It’s probably the most eclectic collection of Linux-related content on the web, and there’s always something to comment on. It might be a YouTube video or an interesting link. Or you could find yourself sharing with Reddit how long you’ve run your current distro, how long you’ve been using Linux, or what you really think about Windows…
Available in print or PDF, Linux Magazine is a U.S. publication that can be bought online or on newsstands. When you’re between issues, however, the website features a wealth of information for you to read.
With features, tutorials, white papers, and a heavy focus on the running a Linux network, if you’re a Linux technician or system admin, you probably need to have a subscription to Linux Magazine. If you don’t, then you really should have it in your list of favorite bookmarks.
This simple-looking blog has been running since 2000, and regularly shares useful Linux news and how-tos. But these aren’t the usual, run-of-the-mill type of articles. Sure, you’ll find the latest news about the coolest Linux hardware (for instance, the Librem 5 phone from Purism), but hidden away in NixCraft is a collection of troubleshooting articles, along with some fringe tutorials.
For instance, you probably don’t need to know how to create an RSS 2.0 feed in Python unless you want to learn the language. But this information — and much more — is there on NixCraft
Do you use these sites? Would you like to suggest some alternatives? Tell us what you think.
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