20 Linux Articles You Absolutely Must Read

We’ve all stumbled on those Linux articles that you read and either change your opinion on Linux or add to your understanding of Linux. I’m not talking about Linux howto’s or Linux documents, I’m specifically providing you with Linux articles you must read as a Linux user. Here is a list of what I believe are 20 Linux articles you definitely have to read if you call yourself a Linux user.

Linux Wikipedia Entry

Obviously a great place to start

A Timeline of Linux

Linux Journal put together a Linux timeline in 2006 in celebration of Linux turning 15.

The beginning stages and History of Linux by Linus Torvalds

Some of the first e-mail transcripts written by Linus Torvalds himself in regards to his new project in Minix. He later goes on to call this project Linux and the rest is history.

The History Of Linux

This is written by a college computer science student, so it’s not official. It is very well put together though.

History and Overview of the GNU System

The GNU operating system is a complete free software system, upward-compatible with Unix. GNU stands for “GNU’s Not Unix”.

Linux and the GNU Project

An article written by Richard Stallman, the founder of the GNU project explaining GNU and it’s relation to Linux.

Introduction to Linux (pdf)

A hands on article explaining Linux.

Interview with Linus Torvalds

This interview is from 1993 and is one of the first interviews done with Linus regarding the Linux operating system.

Anatomy of the Linux Kernel

History and arhitectural decomposition of the Linux kernel.

Anatomy of the Linux Networking Stack

This article explores the structure of the Linux networking stack from the perspective of its layers and also examines some of its major structures.

Why Attracting More Users to Linux Matters

A great article on why Linux needs more users in order to become a successful desktop operating system.

Why Customers are Flocking to Linux

Great article from 2005 stating some of the advantages of Linux and why it can be attractive to customers.

What a Linux Distribution is

Basic explanation and understanding of a Linux distribution.

20 Must Read HowTos and Guides for Linux

A collection of must read documents for new and old Linux users.

10 Steps to Convert a Windows user to Linux

Ten steps to help you introduce Linux to a Windows user.

Linux vs Windows Comparision

A non biased comparison of Linux and Windows.

What is this “Linux” thing and why should I try it?

A great explaination of Linux for people who haven’t really heard of it along with some reasons why they should try it.

Industry of Change: Linux Storms Hollywood

A nice article describing Linux taking over in the Hollywood visual effects department.

Linux: GUI vs. Command Line

A comparison of using the Linux Graphical User Interface and the Command Line.

Linux 101: A Newcomer’s Guide

A step-by-step information that you may use for the process of comparing operating systems, deciding if Linux is for you, choosing a Linux distribution, installing and configuring it, and getting software applications for your Linux environment.

7 thoughts on “20 Linux Articles You Absolutely Must Read

  1. Great article. Thanks for showing the GNU stuff. I am one of those people that resent GNU/linux being called just ‘linux’. It is like Mac os x being just called ‘Mach’.

  2. I could always learn more. Thanks for the great list, and for anyone looking for a great book to read about the history of Linux, check out Glyn Moody’s ‘Rebel Code.’
    PS: Rick, I say GNU/Linux, too, as the distinction is critical to reading these articles without that simple confusion.

  3. Thanks for making one of my articles (10 steps to convert a Windows user) a must-read! I’m humbled!

    Glad you liked it,

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