This section lists just a few of the thousands of Linux web sites on the Internet, broken down into somewhat arbitrary categories. Due to the dynamic nature of the Web, some of these sites may no longer be active and many new ones will undoubtedly exist by the time you read this.
A.3.1. General Documentation
These sites offer online documentation
, articles about Linux, or information geared to specific areas of Linux.
A web site with a number of free online books, some of which are Linux-related, such as KDE 2.0 Development
A site of news and forums
Linux Enterprise Computing site
Linux on Laptops site
Linux Focus, a free online magazine
Linux Gazette, a monthly online magazine
Web site for Linux Journal magazine
The web site for Linux Magazine
Linux Questions, a very popular and information-rich site
Main site for the Linux Documentation Project
A.3.2. Open Source Projects
Listed here are web sites for some of the more popular open source and free software projects.
Freedesktop.org, a project supported by several vendors to harmonize desktop projects and provide new functionality in common
The KDE Office Suite project
The AbiWord word processor
Alternative Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) sound driver project
The Apache web server project
The Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS)
The GNOME Desktop project
The GNU Project
ISDN4Linux, supporting ISDN on Linux
The K Desktop Environment (KDE)
The official Linux kernel site
The Linux USB project
The Mozilla web browser project
The MySQL database
The OpenOffice.org office suite project, the open source version of StarOffice
The Postfix mailer project
The Persistence Of Vision ray tracer
The Wine project
Maintainers of the X Window System
A.3.3. Programming Languages and Tools
These sites are related to popular Linux programming languages and to the hosting of Linux software projects.
A site that hosts many Linux software projects, providing a place for documentation, a source code repository, bug tracking, and software building
GNU Savannah, a site offering features similar to SourceForge, but officially endorsed by the Free Software Foundation because all the hosting software is licensed under the GPL
The home page of the Linux Java porting project
Official site of the Perl programming language
Web site for the PHP programming language
Home page of the Python programming language
A.3.4. News and Information Sites
These sites offer news of interest to Linux users.
A site dedicated to Linux on the desktop
A general Linux information and news site (with a very desirable URL)
Linux Today web site
Linux Weekly News web site, which has in-depth coverage of the kernel and other developments
News and general information on Linux security issues
NewsForge web site
The popular news and discussion site that bills itself as "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters."
The Register, a UK site for IT industry news with a pro-Linux slant
VarLinux news site, for Value Added Resellers (VARs)
A.3.5. Linux Software Directories and Download Sites
Listed here are some sites that maintain large searchable libraries of Linux software with links to download sites.
A huge directory of Linux and open source software
The large Icewalkers Linux software directory site
The Linuxberg software directory site
A.3.6. Linux Distributions
Here is a long but by no means comprehensive list of some of the different Linux distributions available. These range from those backed by large companies, such as Red Hat, to specialized distributions developed by individuals or small groups. The DistroWatch site (http://distrowatch.com) has interesting news and statistics on the many available distributions.
Debian GNU/Linux, a popular community-developed distribution
Fedora Core, an open source version of Red Hat that undergoes rapid development
Gentoo Linux, a fast-moving community project that focuses on source distribution
Knoppix, a live CD good for trying out Linux and doing system recovery
Kubuntu Linux, a version of Ubuntu that offers the KDE desktop
Linspire, a stable, end-user, desktop commercial product
OpenSUSE, the open source version of SUSE Linux
Red Hat Linux
SUSE Linux, now distributed by Novell
Turbolinux, a distribution popular in East Asia
Ubuntu Linux, an end-user desktop system
Xandros Desktop Linux
Yellow Dog Linux, a distribution for Macintosh hardware
A.3.7. Commercial Linux Software Companies
Listed here are some companies that offer commercial software and services, other than Linux distributions, for the Linux platform.
CodeWeavers, developer of CrossOver Office and CrossOver Plugin, products based on the software of the Wine project that offer the ability to run Windows applications on Linux
TrollTech, developer of Qt, a cross-platform graphical toolkit. Qt is used as the basis for the KDE.
VistaSource, formerly Applix, is the developer of the Applixware Office Suite.
VmWare sells virtual machine software that allows running one operating system on top of another, such as Windows on Linux, and vice versa.
A.3.8. Internet RFCs and Other Standards
These are a few of the many sites that host standards
used by Linux and the Internet.
An archive site for Requests For Comments, or RFCs, the technical documents that describe many of the protocols around which the Internet is built. It also includes many other standards documents and FAQs.
The Free Standards Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the use and acceptance of open source technologies through the development, application, and promotion of standards.
The Linux Standard Base, a project of the Free Standards Group that develops and promotes a set of standards to increase compatibility among Linux distributions and enable software applications to run on any compliant Linux system.
The World Wide Web Consortium, an organization that develops specifications, guidelines, software, and tools for the World Wide Web.
Finally, here are some sites that defied categorization in any of the other sections.
The Linux Counter, a unique site that collects data in an attempt to estimate the total number of Linux users worldwide.
Linux International, a nonprofit organization that works toward the promotion of Linux and the Linux community.