How to Follow Linux Developments

Get your RSS feed readers ready because here is my list of the best sites/feeds to stay in touch with the latest developments in the linux community.  This is the short list — there are many personal/professional blogs/sites that should be included in  a full list.  But, most of them are aggregated in the following sites.



I list this site first because it is my new favorite Linux news site.  Actually, it is much more than just a news site; they produce a Linux benchmarking suite called PTS (Phoronix Test Suite) that tests the performance of every aspect of the Linux system including cpus/compilers, graphics cards/drivers and kernel/distro releases.  This benchmarking alone is instrumental in helping Linux progess, but they also provide a news feed of generally well thought out articles on important releases  and software and hardware developments in the Linux ecosystem.  If you have limited time and can only follow important hapennings in the Linux world, I suggest you subscribe to Phoronix’s RSS feed.

LXER is a comprehensive Linux news agregation site for Linux stories.  You can think of it like slashdot for only Linux.  Articles are posted from a range of sources including personal blogs and professional journals such as CNET, ArsTechnia.  LXER combined with Linux Today (see the following) cover all your basis as far as linux news goes.

Linux Today

Very similar to LXER but with  a separate submission process.  Linux Today also has its own set of original articles.  The site tends tends to promote a range of articles from the extremely important to trivial, but is a good browse for any Linux enthusiast.

This used to be a Linux news aggregation site similar to Linux Today and LXer, but it was recently purchased by the Linux Foundation.  They have released a beta version of the new site including social networking features, a comprehensive forum and the ability to create your own Linux articles.  When it goes live, it should be a very nice Linux portal.

Digg Linux

Of course, who can forget’s linux’s section (and the linux upcoming section)? While it has a lot of overlap with LinuxToday and LXer, it is a good interactive supplement to your daily Linux news dose.

And we shouldn’t forget about the great Linux forums.  Here are the ones I actively particpate in:

Another great way to follow developments in the Linux community is through linux podcasts.  A few come to mind (jupiter broadcasting and linux outlaws), but this is really a subject for another post.

EDIT: Here are some user conributed sites from varous comments:

12 thoughts on “How to Follow Linux Developments

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  2. That’s a good list. I would add to it the original content from Its publisher is a rare cross-breed of journalist and kernel programmer. LWN is a constant stream of great analysis of new code that is being developed in the kernel, plus lots of analysis of other key free software components.

  3. What? There’s no Planet Gnome or Planet KDE on here? And c’mon, Linux Outlaws? They’re fun to listen to sometimes but they are completely oblivious when it comes to just about anything open source.

  4. I wasn’t going for “ALL” the ways to follow linux development; I was going for the “best” ways. Which, in my opinion (which I know is subject to question), are the sites listed above. But, thanks for your list.

  5. Allow me a minor correction: OSNews belongs in the “How to follow Windows developments” list.

    Decidedly it’s not about Linux, though now and then there might be some reference to it.

    If anything, it’s openly pro-Windows.

  6. is a site about Open Source and Linux. The site will provide Open Source stories in a manner similar to is supposed to focus almost only on Open Source and I hope that you will enjoy it!

  7. Jesus Christ there is lots of spammy comments on this site. Have you actually thought about attempting to eliminate them or putting in a tool?

  8. Spammy comments? Various counter-measures have been put in place.
    Notably Akismet and
    Users must be registered and logged in to comment
    I’m also going through and reviewing the comments and unapproving (suppressing) those that look to be spam (and will further review and probably delete those that are).
    Registering also requires Math Captcha, and I believe it may also require email verification.

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