Linux - Links for Beginners

Notes and Links compiled by Ruth Shanen


|user groups |tutorials |magazines |books|
|applications |commercial support |linux pre-installed
|documentation |opensource orgs |Linux on Macs
|computer shows |resources |distributions|

How to Say Linux                     how to get your feet wet

Linux User Group (LUG) Directories

Casandra's List
a directory of LUGs in and near New York City
GLUE - a directory of Linux User Groups maintained by SSC.
LUGR - Linux.org user group directory
Linux Links: User Groups page
LinuxHQ : user groups page
Linux Users' Groups Webring
Many LUGs do not bother registering with these LUG directories, so you might need to look several places to find a LUG near you.
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On-line tutorials

Intro to Unix, vi editor, and emacs editor.
http://lifelong.freeservers.com (look under "courses" for "UNIX")
a very popular course by a New Zealand University Professor
a personal recommendation - casandra
Basic Linux Training
an on-line course that includes 40 lessons sent via email (2 per week) and chat sesssions with other students and on-line tutorial by Henry White with email support by the author - course is free but registration is required for access to the material
UGU - Unix Guru Universe - Tutorials for Unix Beginners
links to on-line unix tutorials; most of the material applies to Linux
LNAG - Linux Newbie Administrator Guide
a really nice guide for ordinary Newbies
Master copy: http://sunsite.auc.dk/linux-newbie/ (Denmark, Europe)
For those who prefer a live teacher and a formal classroom setting, that alternative is also available.    Many U.S. colleges offer basic courses in Linux.
IBM, RedHat, and many professional training companies are also offering Linux and Linux-related courses.    Check the web for listings.

Some Linux User Groups are running Study Groups - ask at yours.

Magazines and Periodicals

Linux Journal (the classic)
Monthly on newstands or by subscription.
Index of past articles is online.
Back issues are available on CD-ROM. See http://www.linuxjournalstore.com for details.
Linux Gazette (the on-line classic)
Monthly, free, entirely on-line. All back issues are on-line and are also available for quick download in gzipped form.
NOTE: the suffix is .net and NOT .com
Linux Format
An Ezine (many articles and downloads) and a paper magazine.
From Great Britain; Magazine is expensive but worth it.
In depth, well written articles ranging from beginner-level to techie-level topics. Includes code samples, software releases, and demos on included CD.
Available at the bigger bookstores, or subscribe online.
Linux Magazine UK
NOT to be confused with the American magazine. This one contains substantial information.
Available at some US bookstores or by subscription.
Linux Today
Ezine. Very current coverage of software releases, public events, and business news in the Linux world.
Ezine. Techie oriented, highly-regarded.
Linux Weekly News
http://lwn.net Ezine.
Linux World
Ezine. More about the Linux business world, little about the actual software.
Online reference. Another good place to start, with an about.com guide who answers email and writes weekly articles. New material and updated links weekly.
Linux Focus
E-zine. Technical articles written in a user-friendly style and in several international languages
Linux Magazine
Monthly on newstands or by subscription.
Few technical articles. Good coverage of open-source philosophy and business practice. Interviews with Open-Source community leaders.
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      There are now far too many books to list here and new books are being published constantly.
      To get your feet wet, either "Linux for Dummies" (edition 1 or 2) or "Unix for Dummies, vol 1 and 2" are good ways to learn the basic concepts and jargon.
       Once you are comfortable with Unix concepts, there are books appropriate to every level of knowledge and experience. Some books come with a Linux distribution on a CD-Rom. There are also Linux quick reference books, and books on specialized areas of Linux, such as Network Administration, shell programming, etc.
       The Linux Documentation Project (LDP) has some complete books on their web site. and some publishers carry on-line beta versions of soon-to-be-published books. This gives you a chance to sample the text before laying out your cash. BUT... buying the print edition may be a more efficient use of your time and money than downloading the books off the web.
       Any good search engine will return a very long list of web references to Linux books. For a more concise listing (but still very long) you can try the search feature at:
       These three will also give you a discount if you order on-line.

One of the better listings of Linux and Linux-related books is available at the "Linux On-line" site:   http://www.linux.org/books/index.html

O'Reilly http://www.ora.com virtually pioneered the publishing of books about Open-Source software, and sells most of the classic texts in this field.

"Computer Book Works"

This shop, located at 78 Reade Street, Manhattan, has a large selection both in the shop and online, and often had books at a good discount.
http://www.123computerbooks.com - website being updated
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Finding Applications for Linux

Reminiscent of what Stroud's did for Windows/Internet apps.
Linux Software Directory at Linux Online
Dry but detailed and extensive listings

See the resources below (and others) for more directories of Linux-compatible application software
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Commercial Technical Support

Technical Support for Linux is now widely available. It may be included in the purchase price of your Linux distribution (eg Red Hat, Suse). It may be available as an annual contract from major distributors and from hardware vendors (eg. VA/Linux, IBM). Some vendors specialize in providing Linux support on a contract basis; the most famous of these is Linuxcare.com

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Essential Documentation Sites

LDP : The Linux Documentation Project
used to be: http://www.linuxdoc.org
before that it was: http://metalab.unc.edu/LDP/
LDP: The Linux HOW-TOs
LDP : Linux books in on-line formats
among others, the complete texts of:
Installation and Getting Started Guide, by Matt Welsh et al ver 3.2
    Chapter 3 (units 3.1 thru 3.14.3) is an Introduction to using Linux
    This classic text, now a little out of date, is also available at bookstores everywhere.

The Linux Kernel, version 0.8-3 by David A. Rusling
The Linux Kernel Hackers' Guide, version 0.7 by Michael K. Johnson
The Linux Network Administrators' Guide, version 1.0 by Olaf Kirch,
The Linux Programmer's Guide, version 0.4 by B. Scott Burkett, et al
The Linux System Administrators' Guide, version 0.6.1 by Lars Wirzenius
The Linux Users' Guide, version beta-1 by Larry Greenfield,
LDP : List of Linux newsgroups
note: www.tldp.org replaces the former site at metalab.unc.edu
www.ibiblio.org used to be metalab.unc.edu which had been sunsite.unc.edu
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Open Software Sites

These and many other sites have information about the history and philosophy of the free-software and open-software movements, as well as providing other helpful resources.

Linux On-line
Free Software Foundation
Linux International
devoted to info on the Dos emulator for Unix/Linux
Freebsd - another open Unix - with a similar philosophy

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Linux on Macs and PowerPCs

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Annual conventions and conferences

SSC maintains a calendar of major Linux and Linux-related events internationally
Linux Journal calendar of Linux events worldwide

Linux is now represented at almost all major IT events such as:

INTEROP (formerly named COMDEX) -
sponsored by http://www.isp-planet.com/
Trenton Computer Fair - (April or May) held at College of New Jersey, outside Trenton, N.J.
O'Reilly Conferences
Linuxworld Expo: (now named OpenSourceWorld)
held in San Francisco, Boston, or New York:
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Other resources

Linux HQ
lots of well-organized links to resources
The New Hacker's Dictionary
Eric Raymond's site (also in print) explains hacker, unix, and other computer terms, as well as much of the unix/hacker philosophy
(While you're there check out his article on "How to Ask Smart Questions", which is especially good to do before posting to a linux newsgroup)
Discussion lists
Newsgroups, mailing lists and web boards are many and growing.
The LDP lists many of these and so do many of the resource sites.
Newsgroups can be found by doing a search at the DEJANEWS web site, using "linux" as the search argument. Using the name of a particular distribution (eg. "red hat" "suse" "debian") as the search argument may also turn up a useful newsgroup.
note: This has become: http://groups.google.com/
The Linux announce newsgroup (aka C.O.L.A.)
A moderated newsgroup containing announcements of User Group meetings, commercial and non-commercial software releases, and other important Linux events.
The archives are at http://stump.algebra.com/~cola/, where you can search past postings by keyword.
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note 1: "Beginner" is used here to include anyone new to Linux or to Unix in general. These links are far from comprehensive. This compilation is an attempt to help those still getting their bearings in the Linux world. The tutorials should be especially useful to those still needing their first clue, while the resources and documentation sites should be most useful to those who have their bearings, but want some basic maps.

last updated Feb 07, 2002
check the web for the many other sources of Linux information - r.d.shanen

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updated on March 07, 2003