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I would like to have a link on website, both advertising the fact that I use (GNU/)linux, and pointing the curious reader to a source to learn more information. But I'm having trouble finding the right place to link.


  • Not distribution specific. (It would seem inappropriate to link to anything but the distro I actually use, but Arch Linux is not really right for beginners.)
  • Beginner friendly. Says in very simple terms what linux is for those who don't already have any idea. Links to download and beginner resources.
  • Not overly preachy. Doesn't shame or scold people for being bad, naughty Windows/Apple/non-free-software users.
  • Professional looking and up to date.
  • Presents linux in a positive light.

But I'm having trouble finding a destination that matches all these criteria. Here are some of the things I've considered, but don't seem right for one reason or another:

  • Linux online! Provides decent summary, but the page is extremely unprofessional looking (IMHO); straight out of the mid-1990s.
  • Linux.com or the Linux foundation: To me, these seem more aimed at those who already know what linux is, and want to learn more about the foundation, or recent linux-related news, rather than beginners; but the first link may be a possibility; some the pages buried deeper down are more promising.
  • Switching to Linux page on Grokdoc; a very good source of information, but is just information only, no pizzazz.


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I don't believe that this question belongs here because at best it's parochial and worst chauvinistic. UaL is also Unix; FreeBSD and OpenBSD in particular are important versions of Unix even if they lack the mindshare of Linux. – gvkv Aug 24 '10 at 17:01
@gvkv I think he's just trying to advertise on his website that he uses Linux, not that he uses Linux and feels Unix and FreeBSD should die in a fire – Michael Mrozek Aug 24 '10 at 17:38
@gvkv Well if you have a good guide to generic unix... that meets his criteria I'd bet he'd go for it. – xenoterracide Aug 24 '10 at 17:48
I have nothing against FreeBSD, and other unix-like systems, etc. I just have almost no personal experience with them, and so it would be odd to advertise them. I'd be fine with a site that covered both linux and other open source unix-like operating systems at the same time, definitely, so long as it was beginner-friendly. – frabjous Aug 24 '10 at 18:03
@frabjous I don't know any... but maybe you're looking for the wrong thing... maybe try looking for a KDE, or Gnome advocacy site... true beginners will want to use a GUI and they won't know how to make the choice (or care). – xenoterracide Aug 24 '10 at 18:43

Let people explore themselves. alternativeto.net allows you to find alternative applications for different operating systems.

People love pictures, whylinuxisbetter.net has a great summary style landing page with pictures, click on them for a detailed breakdown.

Update: There are so many sites that advocate GNU/Linux, and just found this list of links that will keep anyone busy for quite a while.

There is also sites like http://badvista.fsf.org that advocate via FUD, but I think it's best to stick to sites that focus on the positive of Linux, and not the negatives of the competition (for newbies at least).

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Hmm. whylinuxisbetter.net is close to what I'm after, though there's still something less than fully professional about it, but perhaps I'm being too picky. – frabjous Aug 29 '10 at 2:37
Perhaps it's the light cyan color scheme? ;) Don't let the index page fool you though, the details in each section are clear enough for the average user, and covers enough for power users. – invert Sep 1 '10 at 7:42

This site does not comply with the "Not distribution specific" but you know what they say: "...Learn Slackware, Learn Linux", so, in that spirit, check out the Slackbook =)

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Oops, I can say that Slackware is not for beginers. I have used it quite sometime and although I have experience with Ubuntu beforehand, Slackware was a steep learning curve. – phunehehe Aug 25 '10 at 3:50
Yeah, I'm afraid this really isn't what I had in mind; it wouldn't much different than linking to the Arch pages. It sounds like a great resource, and a great way to learn about linux, but I'm targetting a much wider, more casual, audience here. – frabjous Aug 25 '10 at 4:50
I agree that Slackware has a steep learning curve but still, I think it is a good distro for a beginner if (s)he mind to put the effort for that it demands but, although, I get what you mean with a "wider, more casual, audience". – Hugo Aug 27 '10 at 5:38
I'd say that you may either love or hate Slackware. Personally I cannot imagine how anyone could use so hard distro (speaking as Gentoo user who does not consider himself beginner and like to tune kernel etc.) - i.e. how to have package manager without dependencies handling (it is the only pakage manager that do it I ever heard of). – Maciej Piechotka Aug 31 '10 at 16:29

I found linuxquestions.org to be a great forum, especially for beginners.

I still ask a question sometimes there, when I need a somewhat quick response and don't want to use Usenet, especially when it's concerning legacy hardware, etc.

Don't know if you want to put this on your website, but it's definitely a good place to start.

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Check out Linux.org! The site is now back. This Linux site has tutorials and forums. This site covers all of your criteria.

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