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Linux Migration Guide: Finding Help

The Linux community is massive. There are lots of places to go for help, enough so that sorting out which places to try first can be the tough part. Here's a handy guide to where to go when you need help with Linux.

A Good Search Engine

Knowing how to use Google or another search engine is a great way to find information quickly. For anything you're trying to look up involving Linux, be sure to use the term linux in your search. If it's specific to your distribution, then use the distribution's name as well--typically you don't need the name of the distribution and the term "linux" at the same time.

Google actually offers a separate entry point if you want to look up things involving Linux.


Sure, there's a bias here, but the site you are on now,, is a great place to get started for assistance. Between the forums and the Answers section, plus all of the great content, you should be able to find the help you need.

Another popular Linux site for asking and answering questions regarding Linux is Not only can you find tons of answers to your own questions there, without even having to ask, you'll also find tutorials, reviews, podcasts, and more.

Linux User Groups

Linux User Groups (LUGs) can be found world-wide and in unexpectedly small towns along with the big cities. They often gather for regular talks from community members and visitors, hold "installfests" where they help people get Linux installed on their computers, and hold other events and gatherings.

These groups can be very welcoming of newcomers. If you find the idea of attending a regular meeting too intimidating at first, most of the LUGs also have Web sites and discussion forums or email lists where you can get started and get more comfortable.

Your Distribution's Site

Most Linux distribution Web sites offer documentation, forums, and some kind of wiki or section for tips and tricks. In addition, people who use your distro may also have Web sites that offer tons of helpful information. It can be worth taking the time to stroll through your distribution's site and just see what's there, so you know what resources they have to offer. If you don't already see a list of the best sites related to your distribution in the forums, then why not post a question there and ask? It's generally a good idea to see if someone has already posted one first.

Here's a list of useful sites for mainstream desktop distributions.



Remember that Kubuntu is another branch of Ubuntu, so many of Ubuntu's resources will work for Kubuntu users.






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  • Larry Cooper Said:

    Hi, I have been intrigued by Linux for a long time. I have more questions than answers...Looking for help finding a distro to install on a partition on my Mid 2010 MacBook that's running OS X 10.8. No luck so far.. Please Help. Best Regards, Larry

  • llee611 Said:

    I am new to linux and I need help, I am trying to install x-plane 10 on a laptop using Linuxmint (maya), when I try to install the first disk it give a error and ask for a program to handle the Caja executable which is not loaded, I did not know what it is talking about. Is there a program I need to load?

  • dave Said:

    Very new to linux and so far loving it. My question: I have an HP photosmart printer How do I transfer scaned images to an e-mail or any other site ( like items for sale). Question 2 How do I enable java in chrome? Details on java site are a bit confusing to this newbie. Running mint 14 nadia

  • marios 939 Said:

    I started learning about Linux in April. I'm just bored of MS and their terrible decisions. Linux could be the future of computing and it also looks quite nice, that's why I want to learn about it. I first tried out ubuntu and now after seeing its great default D.E., i'm going to try out linux mint.

  • R.LEO Said:

    I have a MAC OSX and I believe, the best way to know something is to try it. I'm too scared to migrate without knowing it. I'm wondering if there is a way to split my computer to have both OS OSX and LINUX. SOmething like Parallel to have both OSX/WINDOWS>

  • astromersteven Said:

    iam new ot linux and ineed help,please help me

  • Ed Pearce Said:

    Hi! I am a not quite yet newbie; also, a 75 yr. old retired but still active mechanical/electrical, eng./& physicist. Not too good with computers though, because, at present, they are based on serial processing. They should be based on massively redundant parallel processing, since the entire universe, including our brains & physical bodies already are. Thus, we & the universe we live in are a holographic, parallel processing internet. This is, & always has been mandatory because that is how all subatomic particles (which everything is made of) maintain their mass & thereby their existence. This avoids all of the problems that so often frustrates us. Sincerely, Ed.

  • sal dantoni Said:

    i am a newbe, need help to get system on line. acer company offers no support. system will boot up,but that is all it will do. can some one please help.

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