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10 Websites All Linux Users Should Have Bookmarked

Christian Cawley 06-11-2017

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 The Linux Advantage: 5 Websites You Should Head to for Learning Linux Whether you've been putting off Linux for years or you're just hearing about it, there are ample reasons to start today. Want to try now? These resources will get you started. Read More 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.

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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 Your Complete Guide to Living a 100% Free and Open Source Life Windows and macOS are commercial, proprietary, closed source operating systems. Linux, and its many applications, are free and open source. Want to use only free and open source software? Here's how. Read More “) 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.

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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.

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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.

4. Linux Journal

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.


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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.


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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.

6. DistroWatch

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.

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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.

7. Gaming on Linux

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.

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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 11 Tips and Tricks to Bring You Victory in Civilization VI Civilization VI is the biggest, most intricate game in the series so far! Here are a few tips that will put you ahead when you start your civilization! Read More ) — 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.

8. /r/linux

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.

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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…

9. Linux Magazine

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.

10. NixCraft

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 3 Linux Smartphone Operating Systems You Can Install Today Want to replace Android with Linux on your smartphone? Try out these Linux mobile solutions for smartphones and tablets. Read More ), but hidden away in NixCraft is a collection of troubleshooting articles, along with some fringe tutorials.

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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 10 Basic Python Examples That Will Help You Learn Fast This article of basic python examples is for those who already have some programming experience and simply want to transition to Python as quickly as possible. Read More . 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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  1. BG_Archer
    June 22, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Arch users don't need either one of these websites cuz even gaming happens with 2-3 clicks and without crap like POL or Lutris.

  2. Wyatt
    November 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Nice to have articles like these that promote Linux. Thank you. For useful help in understanding Linux operation, I second James' endorsement of Arch Linux. It is organized and the community is knowledgeable and helpful. I wouldn't have included Ask Ubuntu as a resource as I found it difficult to navigate through the bad information and trolls.

  3. James
    November 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    The Arch Wiki was always a go to for me even long before I switched to it. The info there is clean and well laid out and explained and most of it can be applied to all distros. I used it over the Ubuntu and Debian alternatives and only went to those if an ultra distro specific issue cropped up, but always found them messier and less helpful.

  4. Icegore
    November 7, 2017 at 10:45 am
  5. Kartist
    November 7, 2017 at 1:58 am


  6. William Vasquez
    November 6, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    So many more user friendly (especially new user friendly) sites are available like; - a site dedicated to Linux news, reviews, tutorials, and apps. a site I find much more fun and interesting to visit than Reddit or Linux Journal. Also, and cannot be left out.

    • dragonmouth
      November 6, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      " and cannot be left out."
      Obviously, they can be left out since they were. :-)

      In Christian's defense, I must say that coming up with just 10 sites that every Linux user must bookmark is very hard. I'll bet that each MUO reader has their own list of must-bookmark Linux sites.

      A site that I find useful, although it specializes in Fedora/CentOS, is Tecmint. They publish many articles that are applicable to all Linux distros.

    • Bushywalrus
      November 28, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      I couldn't agree more. Noobslab should actually be second on this list after OMGUbuntu.

  7. Pieter Jordaan
    November 6, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    What about phoronix?

  8. Aaron Peters
    November 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I'm also a big fan of both, which granted will aggregate a bunch of the above, and, which delves into a lot of of peripheral issues like open organizations and technical documentation.

    • Gazoo
      November 7, 2017 at 3:00 am

      Big fan of for my RSS feeds. They cull lots of the better/fun articles (subjective) and put it into one place. Unlike a competitor in this space, when I click on a link (delivered by RSS), takes me directly to the article.

  9. dragonmouth
    November 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    If you include 'OMG Ubuntu' and 'Ask Ubuntu' as must-have sites then you might as well include the home sites of every other major distro (Debian, Arch, Gentoo, etc., etc., etc.)

    The title implies that the sites listed useful to ALL Linux users, not just a specific group. I'll grant you that a Slackware user might glean something from a Ubuntu-specific site but in general that site is unusable to him. For example, I would consider FixMyNix and Linux Documentation Project sites as much more useful to the general Linux community than a couple of Ubuntu-specific sites.

    • dragonmouth
      November 24, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      FixMyNix automatically redirects to