A UNIX-like of operating system that is open-source and has been ported to more platforms than any other OS. Its distributions have become very popular in the last few years and have reached the status of being viable alternatives to other UNIX operating systems on the server level. It is also beginning to compete with the Microsoft Windows status as the most popular desktop. Linux is continually maintained and developed by a community of developers all over the world.
The popularity of Linux comes from its speed, security, openness, and compatability. Its invitation to collaboration has helped it to become a robust and flexible system for a variety of applications and with thousands of programs available for it. It is a proof-of-quality product of the open source movement and is licensed under the GPL.
It is named for its initial creator and still very active member, Linus Torvalds.
The following list of links is not complete as Linux is an enormous topic, possibly one of the largest on the Internet. With many different distributions, advocacy, authors, companies, as well as those who develop, test, and use Linux all over the world, it is nearly impossible to have an up-to-date and complete picture of Linux.
- Linux International
- Linux Central
- Linux Australia
- Linux Will Prevail
- LinuxLinks | News
- TLDP - The Linux Documentation Project. See also The Reading-List HOWTO and Single list of HOWTOs
- PsiLinux - Linux for Psion palmtops.
- UK.LINUX.ORG - A UK-Centric Linux site.
- Dos/Windows to Linux HOWTO
- Linux info/newbie/tweak web sites - From Ars Technica's Forums
- The Linux Cookbook - Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use
- The Linux Webring
- Linux User Groups - A comprehensive list from linux.org
- Linuxchix.org - LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux, and for supporting women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.
- Tux Reports - an advocacy website for new users.
- The Linux Show | Editorials
Some platforms available with Linux:
See also Archives for some websites featuring Linux software.