Top 5 Websites Every Linux User Must Have

There are a plethora of Linux websites promoting the most popular distributions (distros) and reporting on the latest developer squabbles. We’ve picked a few sites worth your time that offer relevant news, valuable information, or both to help you cut through the clutter.


GamingOnLinux is a wonderful source of news on all things connected to gaming on Linux and SteamOS if you enjoy playing games. If you subscribe to the website’s RSS feed, you’ll be the first to know about new Linux games, interesting upgrades to games with native Linux support, and the availability of non-Linux titles via Proton and Wine. Game reviews appear on their stream from time to time as well.
If you’re a stats addict, GamingOnLinux also has a few pages delving into the numbers on Linux adoption among gamers and the devices they use. The Statistics page assesses the popularity of various Linux distributions, desktop environments, hardware, and drivers based on information submitted by registered website members (among the GamingOnLinux community). The Steam Tracker page highlights Linux’s market share on the Steam platform, which is something GamingOnLinux covers on a regular basis.
Do you want to save some cash? GamingOnLinux not only tracks Linux game sales, but it also maintains a library of free games on Linux that can be filtered by genre. You may also filter games by license, so you can avoid closed-source software if you’re a responsible gamer. Allow yourself to be free!

AppDB is a database of applications (and ProtonDB)

“Can I run my favorite Windows program on Linux?” is a perennial question among Linux users. If a Windows app doesn’t have a Linux-native version, Wine is likely your only option, and AppDB is your go-to resource for predicting how well Wine will perform for you. This is where users can report their experiences running Windows software with Wine, and each app is given an overall grade based on those experiences.
Let’s imagine you want to use your new Linux desktop to run your favorite photo editing software, Photoshop. You can download and install Wine while you wait, and while you’re waiting, go to AppDB and look up Photoshop. When you find the Photoshop version you wish to use, you’ll get an overall rating as well as specific details from test results, distros utilized, user comments (which often provide helpful recommendations), and known flaws.
ProtonDB, a sister site of AppDB, is also worth mentioning. Valve’s solution for running Windows-only Steam titles on Linux is the Proton compatibility tool (and it in fact uses Wine under the hood). ProtonDB, like AppDB, is a database of game performance ratings and reviews for Proton.


Assume you’ve recently purchased a new laptop or upgraded your PC with a cutting-edge GPU. Surprise! Because kernel support for your device hasn’t been provided, you won’t be able to run Linux on it. You’ll have to keep an eye on the situation and wait for assistance. However, how can you know when that will occur? You could try every kernel patch that comes in, lurk in kernel development email chains, or just keep an eye on the Phoronix stream.
Phoronix covers a wide range of Linux and open-source software issues, but the site’s description of kernel advancements is particularly useful. While some of the technical jargon may be confusing to non-developers, finding the information you need is simple if you know the name of your device. If you’re looking for new gear, Phoronix publishes performance benchmarks and evaluations for processors, GPUs, peripherals, and more on a regular basis. Subscribers to Phoronix Premium get a cleaner website experience and can join the active community of Linux hardware enthusiasts.
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Do you have reservations about your current Linux distribution? It’s okay; there are options available to you. DistroWatch will notify you when a better distro is released, as well as provide updates on all Linux (and BSD) releases. You’ll also find distribution reviews (both external and on-site) to help you make a more informed decision about which distros to try.
You may check out their Page Hit Ranking page to see which distros are getting the most attention. Because of Linux’s privacy-conscious nature, determining the popularity of distros is difficult, but the ranking page at least shows you what DistroWatch users like to click on. You can also stay ahead of the curve by visiting their Waiting List, which features distros that have yet to be included to the DistroWatch canon (and, we must add, may not be safe).
Aside from that, DistroWatch’s many sidebars provide links to Linux podcasts, newsletters, and manuals. Is it possible that all of the information will be too much for you to handle? Yes. We have our own guide if you only want to see how the most popular distros differ.


Why should every Linux user bookmark the ArchWiki if they don’t use Arch? Because it may be the most comprehensive database of Linux tutorials and information available on the internet. You’re likely to get support on ArchWiki if you’re trying to debug an app or make a system modification. Many of the utilities and concepts mentioned in the wiki, including as PulseAudio and systemd, are also available in other distributions, and those distributions may even link you to ArchWiki for help.
Now, putting this great resource to good use will take some effort. There is no fluff or flavor language in the instructions, which is on purpose. Most pages will presume you’re familiar with the fundamentals of Linux system administration and won’t discuss anything that hasn’t already been explained elsewhere. The wiki’s reading Help page, on the other hand, can prepare you to properly interpret guidelines and follow processes.
Indeed, the wiki thinks you’re working with Arch. It’s helpful to know where Arch differs from your distro when following instructions. If you’re looking for a wiki that’s more specific to your non-Arch distro, try Ubuntu Wiki. Although it isn’t as detailed, some directions may be simpler to follow.


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