I’ve assembled links to a few sites that people new to Linux should consider exploring.
Knoppix is a special distro of Linux that focuses on being able to run on and manipulate all hardware. Knoppix was the first (or one of the first) “live CD’s” A live CD is a cd you can boot from. If you put a Linux live CD in your computer and boot from it, you have a linux computer. This is actually not a totally dumb way to run Linux. Anyway, you can then use that Linux running on your system to fix or diagnose problems with your computer.
Klaus Knoppe, the inventor of Knoppix, has a column in one of the more popular Linux mags, in which he answers (usually quite effectively) the most esoteric questions one can imagine about hardware.
Running Linux on a Laptop
Look up your laptop and find out what has worked for other people.
The vi Lover’s home page
I don’t know why you would want to visit this site, but whatever…
At some point, wine comes up in an conversation about Linux. Here’s the wine page. Wine stands for “wine is not an emulator.” Wine is a set of tools that cause Windows software to run on a Linux machine.
Of the major flavors of Linux, Debian is the One True Flavor. According to some. This is the Debian site. All Linux users must browse through the Debian site at least once.