Newsgroup Spotlight: Linux Operating System Newsgroups

As Windows 7 has been released to manufacturing, the popularity of other operating systems still increase. Apple has seen great increase in sales of desktop and mobile computing devices while Linux has been making a monumental move from the geek dorm to the living room by being pre-packaged by big name manufacturers.

DELL, HP and Acer have been leading an incentive to bring different flavors of the Linux OS to market. Ubuntu being considered the favorite of many, others are being utilized dependent on their usage.

Linux newsgroups have existed almost since the dawn of USENET newsgroups, with specific newsgroups relating to each Linux distribution. Since Linux has always been open source, different distributions have been created to cater to the needs of the user. From personal to enterprise versions of Linux available, Linux has grown to 600 variations of the popular operating system.
Below are some of the more popular newsgroups relating to each operating system distribution:
alt.os.debian – Free distribution of the Linux based operating system which is maintained and updated through the work of many volunteers and users. Other Debian operating system discussion groups include:

alt.os.linux.mandriva – Mandriva Linux includes many graphical administration assistants & wizards that make it intuitive and fun to use while providing all the power and robustness of other Linux systems.
alt.os.linux.redhat– Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a high-end Linux distribution geared toward businesses with mission-critical needs. Other Redhat operating system discussion groups include:




Redhat has a host of other newsgroups specific to each aspect of the operating system and available packages for the OS.– Fedora is RedHat’s plan to develop a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free software. The distribution was created to replace low-end, comsumer versions of RedHat Linux.

alt.linux.suse – openSUSE has received high praise from its users due to apple-esque polished desktop environments, courtesy of KDE and GNOME. It is one of the most documented distributions available.

Another openSUSE operating system discussion group can be found at:


alt.os.linux.ubuntu – The most common and popular, Ubuntu provides an up-to-date, stable operating system for the average user, with a strong focus on usability and ease-of-installation. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you’ll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools. The graphical installer enables you to get up and running quickly and easily. Another version similar, Kubuntu , is based off this distribution.

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