View Full Version : What happened to www.linux.org?

February 3rd, 2011, 02:23 AM
I was halfway through one of the very useful tutorials on www.linux.org when suddenly they disappeared. They've been down for a couple weeks now. Dose anybody know where they went? Are their lessons backed up anywhere? Can anybody recommend other tutorials or lessons?

February 3rd, 2011, 05:43 AM

February 9th, 2011, 05:43 PM
So does anyone actually know what is going on with Linux.org? I am under the impression that either they are 100% down or that some major ISP backbones such as the midwest Qwest have blocked them for whatever reason.
Can anyone confirm whether or not they can get to linux.org at all from anywhere?

February 9th, 2011, 06:37 PM
www.linux.com seems to work...

February 10th, 2011, 02:43 AM
www.linux.com seems to work...

I had a buddy just tell me that. Thanks for the sentiment, but linux.com is no where close to the epic awesomeness on linux.org. :guitar: I have had a few friends tell me that they are unable to get there as well and both are on separate coasts in the US. So maybe they are just down...... for a long time already...

February 10th, 2011, 04:02 AM
They've been down for about a month now. Maybe they're gone forever. I've tried getting to them in two different countries and on proxys....no luck.

that_IT_guy - if you want tutorials, these places have decent ones, although not quite as good as the linux.org ones.

February 11th, 2011, 01:52 PM
They've been down for about a month now. Maybe they're gone forever. I've tried getting to them in two different countries and on proxys....no luck.

that_IT_guy - if you want tutorials, these places have decent ones, although not quite as good as the linux.org ones.

Thanks bud, I appreciate the links.
It's just kind of depressing to see something so good and clean go down the gutter and disappear.

February 11th, 2011, 05:17 PM
You may be able to find it on http://archive.org/

Here's a "Getting Started With Linux" class. What tutorial were you reading?


February 13th, 2011, 05:47 PM
I am also wondering where they went. Google brought up this thread as a result, but not much else is coming up. :(

February 21st, 2011, 08:46 AM
It's not working for me either :(

Can anybody help??

Does anybody have all the 20 lessons for beginners on www.linux.org documented??

Thanks in advance,


February 21st, 2011, 09:08 AM
dont know if this will help you Linux.org.uk (http://www.linux.org.uk/)

February 27th, 2011, 03:56 PM
dont know if this will help you Linux.org.uk (http://www.linux.org.uk/)

Not the same site. Linux.org had this great and simple lessons section (from begginer to expert). I hope they get their back online again.

February 27th, 2011, 08:51 PM
this might have what you need
The Linux Documentation Project

May 19th, 2011, 09:03 PM
Ugh maybe I shouldn't have procrastinated on reading through all the tutorials :(

It seems to be down :(

I took the liberty of doing a whois search

Domain ID:D2338975-LROR
Domain Name:LINUX.ORG
Created On:10-May-1994 04:00:00 UTC
Last Updated On:19-Oct-2004 00:24:17 UTC
Expiration Date:11-May-2013 04:00:00 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Network Solutions LLC (R63-LROR)
Registrant ID:22275688-NSI
Registrant Name:Linux Online, Inc
Registrant Organization:Linux Online, Inc
Registrant Street1: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Registrant City:Ogdensburg
Registrant State/Province:NY
Registrant Postal Code: xxxxx
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1. xxxxxxxxxx
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email: xxxxxx@INVLOGIC.COM
Admin ID:15412138-NSI
Admin Name:xxxxxx xxxxx
Admin Street1: xxxxxxxxxxx
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin State/Province:NY
Admin Postal Code:xxxxxxx
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1. xxxxxxxxxxxx
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email: xxxxxx@yahoo.com
Tech ID:15412138-NSI
Tech Name: xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Tech Street1: xxxxx xxx xxxxxxxxxxx
Tech Street2:
Tech Street3:
Tech State/Province:NY
Tech Postal Code: xxxxx
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone:+1. xxxxxxxxxx
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email: |^^| 1 < |-| 113 .mclagan@yahoo.com
Name Server:NS0.AITCOM.NET

They still "own" the name so they are likely just having server problems...
I took the liberty of hiding contact information to prevent bots from stealing it

If you want to take a look just preform the query here

May 23rd, 2011, 01:42 PM


May 23rd, 2011, 06:02 PM
Many people own domains without hosting because of issues.

I wish they would reach out as I or someone would help them.

August 10th, 2011, 05:48 AM
linux.org site still down... "due to over use of bandwidth?" Must be serious such that the site has been down for 6+ months.

August 10th, 2011, 08:23 PM
Perhaps this has answered your question.

August 10th, 2011, 09:41 PM
According to Google:


September 22nd, 2011, 11:50 PM
thank you all for the links you have given as I have been wondering why linux.org has been down for so long. Thanks to the links provided I will be able to help a friend easily transition to linux from windows completely getting rid of that train wreck microsoft calls a "os". And it will make life easier on me to try and explain things to him as I am not fully versed in all that is linux.

September 22nd, 2011, 11:55 PM
thanks for unix.com

September 23rd, 2011, 01:56 AM
Correct me if i'm wrong but weren't Linux.org hacked.

I know Kernel.org was hacked recently.

September 27th, 2011, 05:06 PM
I'm pretty sure that it was Kernel.org, not linux.org
but on further research it looks like it was hacked recently...

October 23rd, 2011, 06:36 PM
Is hope lost? Ubuntu: Powerful Hacks and Customizations referred me to the site to see a listing of Linux distributions. Is there anywhere else I can get a list?

October 23rd, 2011, 07:14 PM
Yes indeed!

Try this list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_distributions)

...or this entire website (http://distrowatch.com/)

Remember, Google is your friend when things go missing!

October 29th, 2011, 02:54 PM
As this is top link for a Google search of "what happened to Linux.org" I really wish someone who was involved with the site could give a shout to the community. Surely we could find someone to host it. I followed their SCO Timeline throughout the affair, and I first noticed that linux.org was gone when returning to read through it again.


On the other hand, the site had seemed to be much less active over the last few years. Maybe it's a case of attrition and the last person involved with the site died/went broke/Switched to BSD. Who knows.

We can still get to archives through through "The Wayback Machine" http://web.archive.org/web/20110310062037/http://www.linux.org/

Maybe we should take it on ourselves to recreate a site in the same spirit, with the same info.

October 29th, 2011, 03:19 PM
went there got

Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.
Apache mod_fcgid/2.3.6 mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/ Server at www.linux.org Port 80

October 29th, 2011, 04:00 PM
Alas, it's had that message for months. From web.archive.org, (http://wayback.archive.org/web/*/linux.org) the last snapshot that had content was in March, 2011. The next entry is from July, with the bandwidth message. I would think that if it was a simple case of "you exceeded your bandwidth" the situation would have been corrected - or at least explained - by now.

I doubt that we'll ever find out what happened. But that doesn't mean we can't replicate the resource. I'm tossing the idea in my head over a fast food Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy biscuit this morning. It occurs to me that if this thread is 3 pages long now, perhaps the demand is strong enough to make it worth the effort.

I can't say that I immediately have the resources to serve the site from my home, but I work for a small software company that might be open to it. I have no clue as to what kind of traffic linux.org generated.

Those details can be worked out - but if the owners of that domain are going to make the site active again soon, there's no sense replicating their effort. If they are *not* coming back, I think it'd be a worthwhile idea.

Lars Noodén
October 29th, 2011, 04:01 PM
bugzilla.kernel.org is down still, too. It'd be nice to know when it will be back, if there is a schedule for that.

November 3rd, 2011, 12:41 AM
I wonder when Linux.org will be back. There page keeps switching between a "Bandwidth limit exceeded" error and a "We are returning soon" message. I really hope that it isn't gone forever.

November 4th, 2011, 02:51 AM
I wouldn't worry too much, worse case scenario the sell the domain name to one of those annoying search pages that contain only ads. lol

November 4th, 2011, 06:42 AM
It's pretty sad though that linux.org isn't online. <scratches head>

November 4th, 2011, 02:14 PM
The fact of the message saying "WE ARE RETURNING SOON!!!!" indicates to me that www.linux.org (http://www.linux.org) still "belongs" to the same people. The "bandwidth exceeded" message that sometimes appears suggests to me that the site "owner" is using a crap hosting deal and needs to switch host or something. If (as I expect) the site is being run voluntarily, in people's spare time, and financed out of their own pockets and/or through donations, this could all take some time. Especially if they have to wait for the current crummy hosting contract to expire before they can migrate the url linux.org to another hosting company/contract/whatever.

Anyway, there's nothing to worry about. There are lots of free sites on the web which can be used by newbies and wizards alike. Prsonally, I like The Linux Documentation Project site (at tldp.org (http://tldp.org/)) as it covers a wide range of Linux issues. I've been using tldp.org since I began using Linux (in 2005/2006) and I still find it helpful. <evil-dictator-mode>I think tldp.org should be bookmarked in everyone's web browsers. Moo hoo ha ha!</evil-dictator-mode>.