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Discover the Best Ubuntu Resources on the Web

May 29, 2008

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Whether you are trying Ubuntu for the first time or you are a long-time Ubuntu power user, you will find below a list of the best Ubuntu resources on the Web. You name it: websites, forums, wikis, blogs and podcasts. There are many Linux resources out there, but in this post, I tried to only include links to resources that are mainly focused on Ubuntu. I’ll update it whenever I discover a new resource, so keep your eye on it! (Image Credit: Fishbowl Collective)

Official

If it has “ubuntu.com” in its URL, it is official!

  • Ubuntu Home Page – the official website of Ubuntu, where you can get the latest official news and download various Ubuntu releases.
  • Ubuntu Documentation – the official documentation developed and maintained by the Ubuntu Documentation Project.
  • Ubuntu Community Docs – the community documentation for Ubuntu, created by Ubuntu users themselves.
  • Ubuntu Forums – a great place to get help on even the most difficult issues. (forums.ubuntu.com redirects to ubuntuforums.org. So, it is official after all!)
  • Ubuntu Mailing Lists – news, announcements, development and community support.
  • Ubuntu IRC – this page contains information about the Ubuntu IRC channels, where you can ask for (and offer) help.
  • Ubuntu Screencasts – the official video screencast website for Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu Brainstorm – a website where users can add their ideas and vote for their favorites.
  • Ubuntu Team Wiki – a place for the Ubuntu community to discuss ideas and store team-related information.
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter – “Reporting all of this week’s Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu action.
  • Planet Ubuntu – “a window into the world, work and lives of Ubuntu developers and contributors.

Unofficial

It certainly doesn’t have to be official to be helpful!

  • Questions for UbuntuLaunchpad‘s Answer Tracker provides a way to build a knowledge-base through community participation.
  • Ubuntu | HowtoForge – one of the best resources for Ubuntu how-to’s and tutorials.
  • Ubuntu Knowledge – this sites aims to be a unified Ubuntu documentation site.
  • Funnestra Ubuntu How-To – a great collection of how-to’s, from initial setup to restoring GRUB.
  • Psychocats Ubuntu Linux Resources – a collection of essential tutorials, how-to’s and links for users starting with Ubuntu.
  • How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu! – an excellent graphical guide for installing applications in Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu Guide – a wiki that contains guides on how to do many basic things in Ubuntu (and some other Linux distributions).
  • Full Circle Magazine – the free independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community.
  • Getdeb – provides updates and software that are not yet available on the official Ubuntu repositories.
  • Linux App Finder – a great resource for finding and installing Linux applications. If you like, you can use the filter to only show applications from the Ubuntu repositories.
  • Ubuntu-News.net – a good place for getting daily news about Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu Story – a promotional website where you can share your story and tell the world why you use Ubuntu.
  • Buntfu – a community based computer vendor with a focus on Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu Resources – a nice collection of easy-to-follow, up-to-date articles and guides. It was created by Michael Godawski, a member of the Beginners Team in the Ubuntu Forums.

Blogs

These excellent blogs offer great Ubuntu tips and how-to’s. Remember to subscribe to their RSS feeds (don’t know what is RSS? Check my previous post to learn how it can save your life!).

  • Tombuntu – “News, Tips, and How-Tos for Ubuntu Linux” (my favorite!).
  • Ubuntu Unleashed – “Unleashing Ubuntu knowledge for the open source community“.
  • Ubuntu Tutorials – “How to do almost anything on your Ubuntu desktop, laptop or server. Regular tips on installing, configuring and making your Ubuntu system as effective as you need it to be.
  • Ubuntu Geek – “Ubuntu Linux Tips, Howtos & Tutorials“.
  • Ubuntu OS – “A blog and podcast with everything you want from Ubuntu“.
  • Ubuntu Blog – “Not quite everything about Ubuntu, but close.
  • Ubuntu Switch – “A blog about the experiences of a non-techie, linux noob switching to Ubuntu. Anyone can register and post an experience, tip or other Ubuntu-esq piece with the thought of keeping things as non-technical as possible.
  • UbuntuHQ – “Our goal is to collect all Ubuntu related articles in one place. Here you can find recent news issues, application reviews, howto’s and other stories.
  • Works With U – “We’re a media company that will track Ubuntu’s strengths, weaknesses and ultimate evolution. And we’re here to connect Ubuntu experts with novices who are ready to give Ubuntu a try.
  • Ubuntu Linux Help – “Resources, help, how to’s and tutorials for Ubuntu Linux users!
  • The Daily Ubuntu – “The blog for a featured daily Ubuntu application every day.” (though it wasn’t updated since February 23, 2008)
  • Ubuntu OS – “another blog about Ubuntu Linux. Parts 1-8 are for new users, the rest is just a mix of How to’s, Guides and general info.
  • Linux and Microcontroller Tips: ubuntu – “tutorials and useful tips for ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu Extreme – “the quintessential guide to ubuntu hacks.

It is worth mentioning that Ubuntu Blog created a long list of blogs with Ubuntu-related content (and not only English ones). Free Geekery also created an interesting list of the top 25 Ubuntu blogs (by the numbers).

Podcasts

If you only want to listen to podcats about Ubuntu, check out the following great ones:

  • Ubuntu OS – “the home of the first, and longest running, Ubuntu Podcast!
  • Fresh Ubuntu – “a somewhat weekly account about anything that has to do with Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu UK – “from the newest user to the oldest coder, from the command line to the latest gui.
  • Ubuntu Podcast – “Podcasts and Videocasts brought to you by Georgia and Florida US LoCos.

Do you have other Ubuntu resources? What are you favorite ones?

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2008 3:24 pm

    While I like being one of only two podcasts mentioned, I must point the Ubuntu UK podcast over at http://www.ubuntu-uk.org – a great bi-weekly podcast covering all sorts of Ubuntu topics.

  2. May 30, 2008 4:00 pm

    @ Peter
    Thanks for the tip. I’ve added Ubuntu UK to the list.
    I can’t help but wonder: only 3 English Ubuntu podcasts on the web? There must be more of them out there.

  3. Greg permalink
    May 30, 2008 4:02 pm

    Ubuntuforums is official: forums.ubuntu.com

  4. May 30, 2008 4:15 pm

    @ Greg
    You are right! I didn’t know that forums.ubuntu.com redirects to ubuntuforums.org. My bad.
    I’ve moved Ubuntu Forums to the Official list. Thanks for the info :)

  5. May 30, 2008 5:29 pm

    I’ll throw out my own site. Linux App Finder is a great resource for finding and installing apps with Ubuntu. It syncs with the Ubuntu repos to always have the latest packages that are available. You can even set a filter to only show apps in the Ubuntu repos if you don’t want to deal with anything else.

    Chad
    http://linuxappfinder.com

  6. May 30, 2008 8:45 pm

    Here’s a plug for my own site – I scan the net daily for Ubuntu news items and post a bunch of them, so it’s a good place to visit for daily updates of big and small in the Ubuntu world.

    http://ubuntu-news.net/

    /Christian

  7. May 30, 2008 9:10 pm

    @ Chad
    Great site you have there. I think I’ll be using it quite a lot. I’ve added it to the list.

    @ Christian
    Nice site for getting those daily Ubuntu news. I’ve added it to the list. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Gary permalink
    June 1, 2008 8:00 pm

    Very nice I just rss’ed the ones I liked.

  9. June 2, 2008 8:26 pm

    Great list! For some reason I always have people asking me where they can get Ubuntu info on various topics and I have to dig through my bookmarks to find things that match what they’re looking for. Now I’ll just point them here :-)

  10. June 5, 2008 5:01 am

    Would just like to mention a unique community based pc vendor site featuring Ubuntu.

    http://www.buntfu.com

  11. October 25, 2008 7:53 pm

    Lot of tutorials and useful tips for ubuntu

    http://shibuvarkala.blogspot.com

  12. michalgodawski permalink
    December 31, 2008 12:43 am

    Hello yaserxp,
    great site you have created here. I am working on the Ubuntuforums as a member of the Beginners Team. I will sure point some of the to you :=)

    Recently I have created my own site, dealing with common beginner problems, which I encounter during my work on the forums; have a look and tell me what you think:

    http://www.godawski.oxyhost.com/

    It is constantly growing and has already some good articles.

    Regards
    Michael

  13. January 1, 2009 11:45 am

    Nice list, do you mind adding my new ubuntu blog to it please.

    Basically I aim to provide easy to use guides for problems that I have personally faced and others may be facing.

    Thanks,

    Blog: http://ubuntuextreme.blogspot.com/

  14. January 12, 2009 2:37 pm

    List updated.
    Thank you all for the feedback.

  15. January 22, 2009 11:43 pm

    hey Yaser Sulaiman

    my website hoster “exploded”; was always down so I changed to a more reliable one.

    Could you be so kind and change my link on your blog please?

    Old address was godawski.oxyhost.com
    New address is ubunturesources.piranho.com

    Thank you very much

  16. michalgodawski permalink
    January 23, 2009 12:10 pm

    hi Yaser Sulaiman

    I am really sorry for bothering you so often…
    I am slowly becoming a solid source of traffic for you :=)

    I have real big troubles finding a reliable free web site hosting service. The piranho think deleted my page because it was written in English!

    Sometimes I feel so tired…

    My last attempt for this year :) is this service:

    http://ubunturesources.ub.ohost.de

    thank you very much for you patience

    Regards
    Michael

  17. Zubair permalink
    September 15, 2009 11:45 am

    wow!! almost an exhaustive list!! liked it :-)

  18. Mohab soliman smoke permalink
    November 19, 2010 5:45 am

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/
    must see …

  19. October 16, 2012 7:02 pm

    Assalamu’alaikum…

    This post useful for me. I need a list about Linux news website. And I find it. It is okay to take Ubuntu :)

    Thank you, My Dear Brother. Barakallahu fiik…

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