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.

We Use Linux Because It’s Fun

Vlad Dolezal from the blog An Amazing Mind has an interesting take on why we use Linux.

 We tell people we use Linux because it’s secure. Or because it’s free, because it’s customizable, because it’s free (the other meaning), because it has excellent community support…

But all of that is just marketing bullshit. We tell that to non-Linuxers because they wouldn’t understand the real reason. And when we say those false reasons enough, we might even start to believe them ourselves.

But deep underneath, the real reason remains.

We use Linux because it’s fun!

It’s fun to tinker with your system. It’s fun to change all the settings, break the system, then have to go to recovery mode to repair it. It’s fun to have over a hundred distros to choose from. It’s fun to use the command line.

Let me say that again. It’s fun to use the command line.

No wonder non-Linuxers wouldn’t understand.

The point with us Linux fans is – we use Linux for it’s own sake. Sure, we like to get work done. Sure, we like to be secure from viruses. Sure, we like to save money. But those are only the side-effects. What we really like is playing with the system, poking around, and discovering completely pointless yet fascinating facts about the OS.

He goes on to list three main reasons Linux is so much fun.

I have to agree with Vlad for the most part.  Linux is fun to tinker with.  The customizable nature of Linux really allows you endless possibilities with how things are laid out and configured.  There are a ton of people out there who change their Linux Desktop theme every week just because they are bored.

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