- "Why 'Free Software' is better than 'Open Source'", Richard Stallman
- "Open source methods and their future potential", Geoff Mulgan, Omar Salem, Tom Steinberg
- "Really Open Source", Scott Jaschik
- "Open Source Software and Schools: New Opportunities and Directions", Gary Hepburn
- "What Education Can Learn From Open Source"
- "Designing a Course in Linux System Administration", Dr. Mike LeVan
- "Linux in the Classroom: an Experience with Linux and Open-Source Software in an Educational Environment", Joe Ruffolo and Ron Terry
- "Putting Linux in Classrooms around the World", John Biggs
- "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", Eric Steven Raymond
- More of Eric Steven Raymond's Random Writings
- A guide to participating in an open source software community, Stuart Yeates
- "The Unacknowledged Convergence of Open Source, Open Access, and Open Science", John Willinsky
- "Wake-Up Call: Open Source LMS", Sam S. Adkins
- "Tech firms to tackle Linux desktop standards", Alorie Gilbert
- "Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site", IBM developerWorks
- "Yale to Make Select Courses Available on the Internet"
- Giant, amazing study of Free/Open software
Open Source Initiatives at Seneca
- CanOpenER - Canadian Open Source Education and Research
- Canadian Linux Users' Exchange
- Free Software Foundation
- OSS Watch, "OSS Watch provides unbiased advice and guidance about free and open source software for UK further and higher education."
- Linux User Groups - see below.
- Sourceforge.net - "SourceForge.net is the world's largest Open Source software development web site, hosting more than 100,000 projects and over 1,000,000 registered users with a centralized resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code."
- EFF - "EFF is a nonprofit group of passionate people — lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries — working to protect your digital rights."
Linux Downloads (distributions)
- Fedora - spin off from red Hat for non-enterprise apps
- openSuse - focus is on desktop (like GNOME and KDE) and desktop applications - sponsored by Novell
- Ubuntu - focus is on making the OS easy to install, user friendly, and "usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities"
- Debian - requires more in depth hardware knowledge
- Knoppix (Linux on a CD/DVD, based on Debian distribution)
Development Tools and Toolkits
Open Office Downloads
Open Content/Creative Commons Downloads
- Creative Commons
- Creative Commons Search
- Open Clip Art
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- The Open Source Business Resource
- Academic material
- Global Text Project
- Jamendo - "On jamendo, the artists distribute their music under Creative Commons licenses. In a nutshell, they allow you to download, remix and share their music freely."
- Linux User Groups (LUGs)- an excellent way to find local help. Most of these LUGs run regular installfests, during which experienced users will install Linux on your machine. We run two-three each year at Seneca.
- Help for newbies
- Linux Questions: "Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org. You can visit our forum where Linux newbies can ask questions and Linux experts can offer advice."
- ReallyLinux.com: "Making the switch from Windows to Linux? Read our latest article for beginners. There are many reasons to try Linux and software like Open Office. Beginner help. Brand new to Linux and need FAST help? Please take a look at our exclusive articles by clicking here. For personal answers to your questions please visit our message boards."
- Linux Forums: "Welcome to Linux Forums Dot Org. We are a lively community website dedicated to help with GNU Linux. Everyone is welcome to participate within the "newbie friendly" Linux Forums and to use the other essential resources Linux Tutorials, a Linux IRC Channel and much more!"
- Linux Links: Has a section for beginners. See the search category drop down, select Beginners, and click Go.
- Help for more experienced users
- Linux Forum: "Linux Forum is a large community of Linux users, developers and enthusiasts that are here to help each other with FREE Linux Support, Linux Questions, Linux Help, Linux Problems, and anything else related to Linux."
- The Linux Documentation Project. "LDP is a loosely knit team of volunteers who provide documentation for many aspects of Linux. There are several forms of documentation: Guides, HOWTOs, man pages, and FAQs."
- Linux Google Search.