Below is a list of sites that I would think would be useful to the Linux newbie, put into two categories: Day to day Linux Sites, the sorta sites you may find yourself going back to tens or hundreds of times, and Linux Distribution Providers, this is a list of the 10 most well known Linux Distribution Providers, there are many more, but this will help you out, most (if not all) of the listed providers will allow you to download their distributions straight from their web site or ftp server. Have fun!
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Day to day Linux Sites:
www.linux.org A popular home for Linux people
www.kde.org The official home of the K Desktop Environment, download it here
www.gnome.org The official home of the Gnome Desktop, download it here
www.xfree86.org The X Free 86 Project: X Windows For Free, For Linux
www.linuxdoc.org The Linux Documentation Project - Need Linux help? Get it here!
www.freshmeat.net Freshmeat: The place to find new/existing Linux software
www.slashdot.org Slashdot: News for nerds- a whole lotta linux
www.linuxnews.com LinuxNews: The site devoted to supplying you with 100% Linux News
www.lokigames.com LokiGames: The Games that Linux People Play
www.apache.org The webserver that comes with most Linux distros, Apache
www.sendmail.org The mailserver that comes with most Linux distros, Sendmail
www.wuftpd.org The ftp server that comes with most Linux distros, Wu-FTPd
www.samba.org The SMB (MS/Windows) File transfer system project for Unix based systems, that comes with most Linux distros
www.rpmfind.net A place to find and download thousands of RPM packaged Applications for Linux
www.vmware.com VmWare: Run a real Windows / NT / 2000 / OS2 / UNIX box *inside* Linux!
http://w3.man.torun.pl/~makler/help/UNIXhelp/Pages - The UNIX Guide. An original and best solution to learning UNIX and it's commands
Linux Distribution Providers:
1. www.redhat.com Red Hat Linux
2. www.suse.com SuSE Linux
3. www.mandrake.com Linux-Mandrake
4. www.slackware.com Slackware
5. www.caldera.com Caldera OpenLinux
6. www.debian.org Debian Linux
7. www.stormlinux.com Storm Linux
8. www.lin4win.com Linux For Windows (Lin4Win)
9. www.corel.com/linux Corel Linux
10. www.trustix.net Trustix Secure Linux
Apparently, there are over 180 Linux distributions out there, to see a full list, why not check out the Linux Distribution List, at www.distrowatch.com
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www.geocities.com/linuxsource - Paul Sumption's great newbie site
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www.edlug.ed.ac.uk - The Edinburgh Linux Users Group, I'm a member!