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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.

Later…

~Eric

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Further reading:

How to Use the Grep Command In Linux/Unix

Linux certification is gaining appeal among administrators

Linux Professional Institute (Certifications)