My 2011 Linux Resolutions

2010 is shot in the arse. 2011 is right around the corner. Here’s what I resolve to do Linux-wise for the new year:

  • I want to try to continue to give back to the Linux community the knowledge and insights that I have garnered while interacting within that community for the past 4+ years.

Linux should be all about community. While there are many friendly MS Windows and Apple/Mac support forums and communities, it’s doubly important for Open Source and GNU/Linux to remember that much of its success and evolution is driven by its faithful community. We should all resolve to be more helpful in 2011; and not just regarding Linux.

  • I want to learn to use the grep command more efficiently.

Grep is a command line tool that can be used to find lines in a file using regular expressions. I confess that most of the time when I use the grep command it’s because I’m copying someone else’s recommended command into my terminal. I want to learn more about how the command works and where best to use it.

  • I want to learn a bit about shell scripting, particularly BASH shell scripting.

Shell scripts are little programs that can be written to perform a series of commands within the shell. They can be quite useful. I’m interested in learning the basics of BASH shell scripting.

  • I want to install and experiment with at least one distribution that I’ve never installed before.

I’m thinking of maybe Frugalware. We’ll see.

  • Lastly, I would like to consider attaining a Linux IT certification of some sort.

This may be a bit much to chew, but I can dream, can’t I? HERE is a Wikipedia article about the Linux Professional Institute certifications.

That about covers my Linux resolutions for 2011. I have them here in print to remind me from time to time how I’m progressing.



Image credits: pre-altered reader courtesy of

Further reading:

How to Use the Grep Command In Linux/Unix

Linux certification is gaining appeal among administrators

Linux Professional Institute (Certifications)

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  • ChipDoc  On December 30, 2010 at 11:29

    The day we stop learning stuff is the day they might as well start to shovel dirt on top of us. I like the idea of Linux certification; I checked out that LPI link and might pursue that path myself. Thanks for the tip!

  • leftystrat  On December 30, 2010 at 11:38

    Excellent ideas, particularly grep. Btw, there’s also a Wingrep (which you are not burdened with).

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On December 30, 2010 at 11:40

      Thanks Lefty! 🙂

      Wingrep, huh? Isn’t there some over-the-counter med for that… Beano, maybe. ; – )

  • ChipDoc  On December 30, 2010 at 14:32

    This is now being redistributed by!

  • ebrke  On December 30, 2010 at 16:52

    Good resolutions, Eric.

    OT, what’s up with out of the woods? I get “you have chosen to open index.php which is a PHP script” message when I try and access the site using FF. Wouldn’t load yesterday either.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On December 30, 2010 at 17:11

      Thanks, E.

      Oh, and about Out of the Woods… I changed the default theme the other day. That may be freaking out your FF. Clear your cache and try again. 🙂

  • V. T. Eric Layton  On December 30, 2010 at 17:20

    Actually, (how embarrassing, because I KNOW better) it’s TUXMACHINES.ORG… that’s DOT ORG, folks! Great site, too. Check it out –>

  • comhack  On January 1, 2011 at 11:40

    Very nice post Eric. Great New Year resolutions!!!

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