- What: Database and software to generate a website with
subject-classified and searchable Linux links for all levels of
- Where: Loads of Linux Links (LoLL)
file release area,
which is the place to do your Linux searching!
- Why: Provides convenient access to information needed by
all levels of Linux users.
- How: LoLL GPLed software and data (scripts, configuration
files, and a bookmark file that contains the basic link information),
are used in combination with
bk2site to generate the Loads of Linux Links
Barbara E. Irwin and
Andrew Willard .
The purpose of the Loads of Linux Links project is to collect, organise,
classify and maintain important URLs about Linux and the Open
Source movement for all levels of Linux users. The LoLL project now has
which are updated regularly.
This project originally began as a service for the Victoria Linux Users'
but in the true spirit of Linux, we decided to share this valuable resource
with the wider Linux community by putting the Loads of Linux Links project
on SourceForge. Like Linux, this is a work in progress, so stay tuned here
for further update announcements concerning additional links and revised
subject categories. Also, like Linux, no one owns this project -- it's
GPLed so the project can never be hijacked by proprietary interests!
The current contributors to the project are Barbara E. Irwin, past Publicity
Coordinator of VLUG with 30 years experience as a professional librarian;
Andrew Willard, past President of VLUG with extensive experience with Linux
hardware and software; and, most importantly, users of LoLL who submit new
or changed Linux-related URLs for the project with the assurance that their
contribution will remain under the GPL forever.
Link Selection Policy:
Our general policy is to include only the more important English-language
Linux links. (English is the first language of both developers of this
site, but we will consider non-English sites for inclusion if we can
evaluate the site using automated translation tools, such as Babelfish.)
To evaluate the importance of a site, we use the following guidelines which
are subject to change without notice. :-)
- We prefer linking to sites that have been recently updated.
- We prefer linking to sites that have decent documentation.
- We regularly use htcheck to delete or replace
dead links on the LoLL site, and we prefer linking to sites that are similarly
- Sites must be browsable with open-source, standards-compliant browsers
such as Konqueror and Firefox.
- We do not attempt to redo the meta-sites' job. For example, we only refer
to the more important LDP HOWTOs and link to LDP for the rest.
- Commercial sites must have a strong Linux component. For example, we
include oreilly.com because they have a large number of Linux books.
- We exclude links to alpha-version software packages.
- We exclude links to non-supported, outdated software, unless otherwise
noted in the annotation.
- Our software links are biased towards Open Source
Initiative (OSI)-approved licenses.
- We tend to link consultants and training companies indirectly via meta
- A large fraction of a site must be accessible without any special
- The LoLL developers are Canadian so for the most part we only
link to Canadian-based LUGs and refer to the meta sites for the rest of the
- We generally tend to exclude transitory events such as meetings and
conferences. We do link major Linux events such as the Ottawa Linux
Symposium, but normally we rely on meta sites, such as the LWN Community
Calendar, for listings of conferences and meetings.
Interpretation of Site Symbols:
The URLs that have this symbol () are "must see!" sites.
The URLs that have this symbol ()
are "cool!" sites.
The URLs that have this symbol ()
are sites that have been added within the past 14 days.
For all URLs this symbol
() is a link
that asks Google for all related
URLs. It's an interesting way of finding other useful information. If you
find something relevant to LoLL that we don't have yet, please let us know.