I have a confession to make. This isn’t easy for me to tell you, and it might make you think considerably less of me. Ready? Here goes nothing…I have never used Linux before. I’ve had an interest in the operating system for a while, but I’ve simply never gotten around to trying it out.

Feel free to take a few moments to stop laughing before you continue reading this article.

Thankfully, there is hope for me yet. I’ve decided that I will, at long last, start using Linux. I’m going to start small, mind you – I’ll probably just run whatever distribution I end up deciding on in a virtual machine for the time being. Maybe I’ll see if I can grab an old PC online to convert into a full-fledged Linux box which I can mess around with. At the moment, I’m still in the research stages, and I’ve come across some fairly useful stuff in my wanderings. Feel free to contribute a few resources of your own, if you find this list to be woefully inadequate.

Oreilly.net (Linux Commands Directory): This one’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s a directory of pretty much every single basic command in Linux (as well as details on what each command does).  If you’re trying to figure out how something works, or what something does, this is the place to go.

The Linux Subreddit: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you can find pretty much everything on Reddit. The Linux subreddit contains news, advice, and information in droves about the open-source OS, and is actually pretty useful for learning some stuff about it. If you’re feeling confident, you can pore through the posts to find a cool project to do, or simply look to get some help with a particularly irritating problem. Either way, don’t discount Reddit as a resource for learning Linux.

How-To Geek: For those of you who don’t know, How-To Geek is a massive help center/blog related to all things about technology. There’s an Encyclopedia’s worth of how-to’s and tutorials related to Linux, as well as a bunch of cool tips and tricks.

The Linux ie Beginner’s Guide: Again, pretty much what’s written on the box. It’s a tutorial for anyone who’s new to Linux, and walks you through the initial installation process, hardware configuration, and all the most basic (and most important) commands.

Distro Watch: Deciding on which Distro to use is probably one of the more difficult tasks when it comes to using Linux. DistroWatch contains information on pretty much every Linux distribution out there, as well as updates and new releases. The site is a bit overwhelming simply due to the sheer volume of information, but it’s still a useful resource if you’re trying to figure out a distribution (or keep abreast of updates once you’ve settled on one).

That’s what I’ve found so far. If any of you’ve any further suggestions, I’ll gladly add them to the list.