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* Chat Clients

* Google is your friend

* Linux Forums

* How to Ask Questions

* Linux Advocacy

* Linux Distros

* Download Distribution ISO's

* Download Live CD ISO's

* Linux Documentation

* CSS Styles

* Bash Scripting

Chat Clients

Gui Clients

"Pidgin is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks."

"Pidgin users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time."

Be sure to get the Pidgin plugins.

Top Messaging Apps Available for Linux
"As the desktop Linux usage is growing, messaging on Linux is no more restricted to those IRC chats. There are a number of mainstream messaging apps for Linux available these days."

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Google is your friend

About Google
"Everything you wanted to know about Google"

Google linux
"Search for all things Linux on Google"

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Linux Forums
"Welcome to You can visit our forum where Linux newbies can ask questions and Linux experts can offer advice. Topics include security, installation, networking and much more. Feel free to browse the board, perform a search, view the man pages online or view the index. If you would like to post you must be a member. We also have a new archive online."

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How To Ask Questions by Eric S. Raymond

Smart Questions
"In the world of hackers, the kind of answers you get to your technical questions depends as much on the way you ask the questions as on the difficulty of developing the answer. This guide will teach you how to ask questions in a way that is likely to get you a satisfactory answer."

No Grovelling
"Some people who get that they shouldn't behave rudely or arrogantly, demanding an answer, retreat to the opposite extreme of grovelling. ?I know I'm just a pathetic newbie loser, but...?. This is distracting and unhelpful. It's especially annoying when it's coupled with vagueness about the actual problem."
"Don't waste your time, or ours, on crude primate politics. Instead, present the background facts and your question as clearly as you can. That is a better way to position yourself than by grovelling."

How to Answer
"While just muttering RTFM is sometimes justified when replying to someone who is just a lazy slob, a pointer to documentation (even if it's just a suggestion to Google for a key phrase) is better."

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Linux Advocacy

"The urge to advocate the use of Linux is widely felt. When you find something that works well, you want to tell as many people as you can. LUGs' role in Linux advocacy cannot be overestimated, especially since wide-scale commercial acceptance of Linux is only newly underway. While it is certainly beneficial to the Linux movement, each and every time a computer journalist writes a positive review of Linux, it is also beneficial every time satisfied Linux users brief their friends, colleagues, employees, or employers."

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Linux Distros

Distrowatch - Latest News and Updates
Distrowatch - Top 10 Major Distributions

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Download Distribution ISO's

"The DistroWatch web site was first published on 31 May 2001. The concept started as a very simple table comprising of 5 major distributions and the chart only compared a few features (price, version, release date) and a few package versions (Kernel, KDE, Gnome, XFree86, Apache). Trying to make it slightly more comprehensive and useful (and failing to find anything similar and up-to-date on the Internet), I have kept adding more distributions, features and packages until the table reached fairly reasonable state in terms of information provided. At that stage, I decided to share the table with the Linux community worldwide and moved it from a spreadsheet into an html document. The page was first mentioned on LinuxToday and on many other sites around the world."

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Download Live CD ISO's

"KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it."

"Slax is a modern, small and fast Linux operating system with a modular approach and outstanding design. Despite its small size, Slax provides a wide collection of pre-installed software for daily use, including a well organized graphical user interface and useful recovery tools for system administrators.

The modular approach gives you the ability to include any other software in Slax easily. If you're missing your favourite text editor, networking tool or game, simply download a module with the software and copy it to Slax, no need to install, no need to configure."

Table of Live CD's
"A list of all available LiveCDs and LiveDVDs."

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Linux Documentation

The Linux Doc Project - Howto's
"The Linux Documentation Project - Categorized List of HOWTOs"

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CSS Styles
"Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g. fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents. Tutorials, books, mailing lists for users, etc. can be found on the ?learning CSS? page. For background information on style sheets, see the Web style sheets page. Discussions about CSS are carried out on the (archived) mailing list and on comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets."
"At W3Schools, you can study everything you need to learn, in an accessible and handy format."
"Change the appearance of hundreds of Web pages by changing just one file... Influence presentation without losing visitors... All with the power and flexibility of Web style sheets."
"Cascading Style Sheets Tutorials"

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Bash Scripting

Intro to Bash Scripting
"Familiarity with GNU/Linux command lines, and familiarity with basic programming concepts is helpful. While this is not a programming introduction, it explains (or at least tries) many basic concepts."

Advanced Bash Scripting
"The shell is a command interpreter. More than just the insulating layer between the operating system kernel and the user, it's also a fairly powerful programming language. A shell program, called a script, is an easy-to-use tool for building applications by "gluing" together system calls, tools, utilities, and compiled binaries. Virtually the entire repertoire of UNIX commands, utilities, and tools is available for invocation by a shell script. If that were not enough, internal shell commands, such as testing and loop constructs, give additional power and flexibility to scripts. Shell scripts lend themselves exceptionally well to administrative system tasks and other routine repetitive jobs not requiring the bells and whistles of a full-blown tightly structured programming language."

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