The Linux Experiment

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Get the Linux Help You Need

Ready to take the plunge and install Linux? If you don't know a friendly Linux enthusiast to show you the ropes, the next best thing is to head to the Web.

Google Groups

Search the newsgroup archives, hang out at a specific forum, plug in a search term, or post your questions.

The site pairs users who have questions with other users willing to answer them. The site's forums are a great place to lurk.

Browse through the exhaustive list of free RPM downloads. An RPM is the closest thing Linux has to an executable file. The packages work with many Linux distributions, including Mandrake and SuSE.

Linux Documentation Project

An Oxford English Dictionary for Linux. LDP volunteers have spent the last ten years compiling how-to information and FAQs.

Get sound advice on a variety of topics from the die-hard fans at

Mandrake Linux

Get free access to forums, a hardware configurator, and documentation. Pay a monthly or yearly membership fee ($6 or $60, and up) for the Mandrake Club, and you'll receive added benefits, such as early access to new software. Post specific questions to Mandrake experts.

Check out this site's searchable knowledge base and community forum for free. A $99 lifetime membership gives you access to interim releases of new LindowsOS versions, the private "Insider's Forum," and more.


Take advantage of this site's free support knowledge base, its installation advice, and its hardware database, which covers processors, graphics cards, peripherals, and more, organized by manufacturer.

Alexandra Krasne

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