(UbuntuForums.org, an example of excellent GNU/Linux forum on the internet)

After making lists of GNU/Linux communities at Reddit, Mastodon, and Telegram, now I want to present you list of their web forums instead. A web forum is a website where you can communicate with people by posting text, pictures, links, audios, videos, etc. in full size. I divided this list into only 3 parts: distros, non-distros, and hardware; with more than 50 forums listed at the time I write this. You will see here English-based forums of elementary OS and Fedora, for example, where you can register and talk to members there. If you ask, why web forums? Then the answer is, because web forums predate either Mastodon or Telegram and still exist until today. Is there any other reason? Yes, because you might change your opinions regarding a distro and a free software if you know how good and active their forum is, take example MX's and FreeCAD's forums. It's really exciting to make this list and believe me I could learn so much new thing from this. Once again, here I don't make any distinction between official and unofficial forums. I wish you will have a nice adventure by using this list. Okay we don't want to wait and let's visit them!

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Part 1. Distros


GNU/Linux in general

 
(LinuxQuestions.org, an oldest and all-distros-are-here forum: almost every known distro has a discussion room here)

KDE
https://forum.kde.org

GNOME
https://discourse.gnome.org

LibreOffice and OpenOffice

GParted
Forum to learn hard disk partitioning with GParted, the best partitioner tool.
http://gparted-forum.surf4.info



Qt
The programming library that created KDE desktop, Kubuntu OS, and Plasma Mobile (formerly forum.qt-project.org).
https://forum.qt.io


GTK
The programming library that created GNOME desktop and Ubuntu OS.
https://discourse.gnome.org/c/platform/core

Ubuntu
(UbuntuForums.org, a really big and busy forum for Ubuntu users worldwide; all Official Flavors have their own rooms here)

Kubuntu
https://www.kubuntuforums.net

Xubuntu
https://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=327

Lubuntu
https://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=327

Ubuntu MATE
A variant of modern Ubuntu with GNOME2-like user interface, restropective future.
https://ubuntu-mate.community

Ubuntu Studio

Mint
(Forums.LinuxMint.com, a friendly and welcoming forum that is very active)


Slackware

Manjaro
https://forum.manjaro.org

openSUSE
https://forums.opensuse.org

SUSE and Red Hat

Mageia
https://forums.mageia.org/en

OpenMandriva
https://forum.openmandriva.org

Debian
The universal operating system, the distro where Ubuntu made from. Actually Debian has no official web forum.


Fedora
The latest technology-oriented distro that is upstream to Red Hat OS.

Puppy
The most famous lightweight GNU/Linux distro.
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy


elementary OS
Beautiful distro with its own user interface and user experience. 

Trisquel
User-friendly desktop distro that is 100% free software. 
https://trisquel.info/en/forum




Arch
The Keep It Simple distribution that uses Pacman and well-known for its AUR and Wiki.
https://bbs.archlinux.org

Arch32
Continuation of 32-bit version of Arch.
https://bbs.archlinux32.org

Parabola
A 100% free software variant of Arch. 
https://labs.parabola.nu/projects/parabola-community-forum/boards

Hyperbola
A combination of Arch and Ubuntu, rolling but LTS, GNU/Linux distro, 100% free software.
https://forums.hyperbola.info

PureOS
The Librem laptop's and smartphone's OS, 100% free software certified by the FSF.
https://forums.puri.sm



SolusOS
Ikey Doherty's distro where Budgie desktop originated.
https://discuss.getsol.us

Gentoo 
Source code oriented, Portage-powered, ultra-flexible GNU/Linux distro.
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewforum-f-13.html

Endeavouros
Successor to the discontinued Antergos, a desktop Arch derivative. 
https://forum.endeavouros.com

CentOS
Community Enterprise OS, created from source code of Red Hat Enterprise OS.

Bunsenlabs
Formerly called Crunchbang, an OS with Openbox user interface and based on Debian 9.
https://forums.bunsenlabs.org

PopOS (by system76)
The operating system of system76's laptops and computers.
https://pop-planet.info/forums/

Kali
Formerly called BackTrack, an OS with preinstalled network security testing tools.
https://forums.kali.org

Phoronix
https://www.phoronix.com/forums

Deepin
The all-around beautiful & user-friendly desktop distro where DDE originated.
https://bbs.deepin.org

Zorin OS
Desktop distro for beginners based on Ubuntu.
https://zoringroup.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=3

Part 2. Non-Distros


AppImage
The universal portable application format for GNU/Linux. If you are a software developer, you can join this forum to learn how to package your application in portable format that runs in multiple distros.
https://discourse.appimage.org

 

Flatpak
The universal software delivery system for multiple distros. Actually it has no official forum yet.
https://discourse.gnome.org/tags/flatpak

Snap
The universal software delivery system from Ubuntu for multiple distros.
https://forum.snapcraft.io



LinuxTracker
GNU/Linux ISO images sharing community using torrent.
https://linuxtracker.org

Transmission
The torrent client preinstalled on Ubuntu.
https://forum.transmissionbt.com 

CGSecurity
Data recovery community that uses free software.
https://forum.cgsecurity.org/phpBB3/

PIXLS.us
Free/libre open source software photography forum. This forum discusses about GIMP, Darktable, Rawtherapee, and other free software use for graphics.
https://discuss.pixls.us/



Open Source Design
Community of graphic designers that want to improve UI/UX of FLOSS. Backed by so many big entities like Red Hat, FSFE, and others.
https://discourse.opensourcedesign.net

Blender

GIMP

 

Inkscape

Krita
https://forum.kde.org/viewforum.php?f=262

FreeCAD
https://forum.freecadweb.org

 

Kodi
Formerly called XBMC, the most famous free software digital home theater & DVR.  
https://forum.kodi.tv

LMMS
Linux MultiMedia Studio, the free software Digital Audio Workstation. 
https://lmms.io/forum

Wine
Wine is namely emulator, to run Windows binary executable apps on GNU/Linux. 
https://forum.winehq.org

Part 3. Hardware


Phoronix
Everybody knows Phoronix, or Michael Larabel, is the world's primary source of hardware benchmark information for GNU/Linux. Unlike other websites, this forums is actually the comment section of the Phoronix website.
https://www.phoronix.com/forums


PowerPC Notebook
New project to manufacture PPC laptop that is compatible to GNU/Linux.
https://forum.powerpc-notebook.org

Rasperry Pi
The first and most popular ARM board computer which runs GNU/Linux.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums



Arduino
ATMega-based board for learning electronics at school and university, can be programmed via GNU/Linux.
https://forum.arduino.cc

XILINX, section Embedded Linux
https://forums.xilinx.com/t5/Embedded-Linux/bd-p/ELINUX

RISC-V
The new computer architecture aside from x86 and ARM that supports GNU/Linux.
https://riscv.org/forum

Armbian
A forum to talk vastly about many ARM devices that run Armbian GNU/Linux. 
https://forum.armbian.com

Pine64
The ARM-based project that manufactures KDE Pinebook laptop and others.
https://forum.pine64.org

Purism's DevKits
Hardware development kits from Purism to learn, make, and modify Librem hardware and develop applications for its OS. If you don't know it yet, read here and here.
https://forums.puri.sm/c/dev-kits

Olimex
https://www.olimex.com/forum/index.php

 

Arch Linux Arm, section Hardware
https://archlinuxarm.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=39&sid=9deb004858e366145dfc7f5a4f0e3ace

Fairphone
Similar to Purism Librem phone, the ideas behind it are interesting, and it can run Ubuntu Touch.
https://forum.fairphone.com

Worth Mentioning


  • https://linuxaudio.org - Community that recommends and creates audio productions with GNU/Linux. Not a web forum.
  • https://forum.thinkpads.com - As I ever said, it's not a secret anymore that ThinkPad laptops are more compatible to GNU/Linux compared to others. There are even 100% free software compatible ones.
  • http://slackermedia.info - Similar to LinuxAudioOrg above, but solely focused on Slackware instead of being generic.
  • https://libreho.st - I know this from Mastodon, similar to PeersCommunity, but it's a community of hosting providers that use Free/Libre Open Source Software and believe in user privacy. There you will find services like Disroot, Linux.Pizza, etc.
  • https://peers.community - a community of Libre Software Developers, especially those who are maintainer of 100% free distros like Dragora, and incredibly unique project like Libreboot, and sponsored by RYF's company like Viking. Many of Trisquel Forum members talk about this.
  • https://suckless.org - an interesting developers community that share principles to create software as simple as possible so the result would be "suckless". DWM window manager is one among their amazing works.
  • http://www.studioware.org - imagine Ubuntu Studio but based on Slackware with SlackBuild extensions. As many other Slackware-based community projects we could see, we also see AlienBOB (Eric Hameleers) name here. Not a web forum.
  • https://elinux.org/Community - Embedded Linux (Kernel) developers community, with really plenty resources to learn and work more with embedded computers.

Have a nice adventure and happy making new friends!


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