Hello and Welcome!
It’s good to have you here. These are still early days for The Way of Linux, The Tao of Linux Blog and master Tux-Ce. The Linux Fairy has not yet arrived, and the Way of Debian is not quite finished either. A lot of effort went, and still goes into creating this site, so while content is being uploaded a little slower than the speed of light, please take a moment to get to know your new environment.
The Way of Linux was born out of frustration with having to cut it short. The Internet is full of short content, like 140-character tweets, 500-word blog posts, etc. These clutter the web, while offering little more than a glance, in better cases a short introduction to any given topic. Gone are the days of good old-fashioned long-form articles, in-depth discussions and quality content. Or are they?
Experience shows that people still crave long-form content. Not all of them of course, but there are some who do. Long form writing has many advantages: it offers more in-depth insight, has the potential to really go into details and the writer needs not compromise content (or style) in order to fit into the narrow-sized box of a predefined blog format.
For this reason, The Way of Linux is not meant to be what is considered a “traditional” blog.
Besides length, it is your not-the-least-humble author's opinion, that there are too many websites offering too little original content, especially when it comes to technology (or more precisely Linux). Browsing through an RSS reader, one can find websites syndicating content that had been already syndicated from elsewhere. This is at least the nice way to put things. What this means is basically copying and pasting from other sites, or press releases.
The Way of Linux tries to be different. Over-reported news, fad topics, and hype will stay off these pages.
The website has three major parts:
The Way of Debian is what could be described as a somewhat interactive online handbook. Of course, this might sound like reinventing the wheel. There are electronic book formats, like epub, or even Wiki… these formats, while useful, are somewhat limited in a sense. Epubs (and other e-book formats) are generally distributed via online bookstores (even free ones) and are less available for interactive use. Wikis, on the other hand, are plain ugly… OK probably not all that ugly, and probably much more suitable for large amounts of texts, but breaking down content into individual “posts” offers some flexibility in both navigation, design and distribution.
The Tao of Linux Blog is more like your traditional tech blog. You will find here Linux news (although sparingly), distro reviews, general articles, application recommendation, technical how-tos, and anything that would hit your author’s fancy at the time. These posts will not be constrained to Debian related stuff, although an effort will go into making everything as related as possible. As for the name: Your author is fascinated with oriental culture. He is also a ninja. (No, really!)
- The Linux Fairy will come and turn your OS into Linux, while you sleep! When she gets here, of course. The Linux Fairy is not here yet, but when she finally arrives, she will bring with her lots of fun and educational contents for children of all ages. One can not start early enough the education about GNU/Linux and Free and Open Source Software in general. Read more about the Fairy and her purpose here.
All content on this site is made available for free, for everyone to use as best they can. You do not need to stay a passive reader though. Do you have a comment? The Way of Linux encourages you to make your voice heard. The majority of the posts will have the comments open, utilising the popular Disqus platform.
There will be of course SPAM filtering, so if your comment does not appear, it is worth dropping a line to the site admin (email@example.com) and explain what happened. All you are asked for is to remain respectful towards others. Differing views, questions and suggestions are all most welcome!
If you have any question, query, private comment, request, offer, want to send money, want to help the poor, or just feeling lonely, you can use the online form provided here to get in touch. All emails will be answered. Sooner or later…
Eastern philosophies and Linux
Your guess is right, there is absolutely no connection. Well, that might not be right. There is a connection now, even if there was none before, namely this website. OK, there might be other websites too, who knows. (I know. There are.)
The connection here manifests in the person of the author: both a Linux enthusiast and an admirer of eastern philosophy. Taoism is only one of those things he really likes. Be it meditation (he’s actually written a book about that), martial arts (he is a practitioner), QiGong (wait, he’s writing a book about that too), or just the good old Chinese sage’s wisdom, he will be there to read, absorb, learn, and practise it. He also runs a meditation blog. So here’s the connection. Other than this, there’s none.
The Way, the Tao the Dao and the Do…
Those among you, who have a keen enough eye, might have spotted some apparent redundancies in naming. There is no such thing, only an attempt not to repeat the same things over and over. Naturally, Tao means “the way” (among other meanings) and the way means “The Tao” (among other meanings. It can also mean the highway. Or the low.) If we wanted to be really correct, we would also mention the “Do”, which means more or less the same in Japanese, or "Dao", which is still Chinese only more Mandarin.
Of course, these are all just names. The meaning and the message is what is really important, and it will not vary with pronunciation. Neither will the purpose, but as soon as we put a name to it, or stick a label on, it is easy to find ourselves mistaking the meaning with the representation. So do not be caught up in linguistics, or whichever oriental philosophy appears to be best suited to talk about a totally unrelated subject. Regardless of what we call it, both the blog and the site will try to be as Zen, as possible for a Shintoist! When in doubt, refer to the great and ageless wisdom of Tux-Ce.
The Linux that can be told
is not the eternal Linux.
The Name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnameable is the kernel
of Heaven and Earth.
The Named is the mother
of the ten thousand distributions.
So what’s with all the penguins?
The author likes penguins.
So what now?
Not much, enjoy the site and make good use of it. The site is constantly updated and content is being written with sub-lightning speed (and the enthusiasm of someone who would rather spend his day outside playing with his dogs, but is now stuck at the computer forever), so be patient, forget about subscribing to mailing lists, for there are none, and make sure you come back to read more. Bookmarking the page would help too.
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More introductory ramblings? OK... well. Check out the About page, there you will find the same things written in different words, plus some ways to help a brother out if you like.
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