The Way of Linux website is dedicated to teaching GNU/Linux and FOSS technologies for the non-technical minded through articles, reviews, how-tos, and easy to follow documentation. The site currently consists of two blogs and an online "handbook" about Debian GNU/Linux.
The Tao of Linux Blog is about Linux, FOSS, and related technologies, with the main goal of trying to ease the transition into Linux and/or FOSS software for those who are either new to the concepts, find them challenging, or both.
Of course, there are plenty of blog and news sites concerned with the latest news, and bleeding edge technologies, the latest toys, gadgets, programming languages, trends, fads, etc., there is hardly a need for yet another. Most of these blogs and websites will represent the latest and the greatest, always keeping up with whatever is new. What The Tao of Linux Blog tries to do differently is to provide timeless content, that can be as relevant a few years from the time of publishing as it was the next day, at least wherever possible.
For many years, Linux had been a hacker's platform, something only the tech savvy would venture into even trying to use, and even those might have had might have to watch their step. While nothing could be further from the truth today (in some cases anyway), Linux might still seem like a terra incognita, where exotic animals (such as penguins) live. While it's true that penguins still inhabit this landscape, its climate had been tamed in the recent years, thanks mainly to decidedly end-user oriented distributions such as Ubuntu and its offspring Mint.
Even though people might still need some hand-holding and encouragement, when they first try formerly unknown technologies, especially when coming from more closed ecosystems, many Linux oriented blogs and websites are "preaching to the converted", meaning, they assume the reader has at least a base experience. This is where The Tao of Linux Blog once again tries to differ. So if you have closed all your windows, or got bored of eating apples, and looking for something refreshing, this blog might just be for you.
What you can find/expect:
- Distro reviews - It might be difficult to maintain the timelessness of such articles, but wherever possible the reviews will focus on common aspects and beginner friendliness of each distro described. To keep things up to date, the same distribution might be reviewed any time a new major release comes out
- Tips and How-Tos - Some of these might seem trivial or uninteresting for the seasoned user, but advice like that is invaluable for someone who is just familiarising themselves with the environment
- Whatever else comes to mind - You did not seriously expect me to spell out every other topic, did you?
The Linux fairy is a magical penguin, who comes at night, and turns the OS on children's computers into Linux. The Linux Fairy Blog is her home, from where she teaches Linux, and FOSS technologies. While mainly concerned with the young ones, she is also interested in all sort of educational projects, especially when Linux, FOSS, penguins, or all of these are involved; be it traditional-, special-, or adult education. The Linux Fairy Blog is about tools, software, and ideas, that can help to shape people's minds, and thus our collective future.
The Way of Debian could be described as an online handbook that leverages the power of Grav's (on which these sites are based) Learn2 theme. There are of course more traditional electronic book formats, many of which are generally distributed via online bookstores, and are less available for interactive use. Wikis, on the other hand, are built for the web, and as such, are plain ugly… OK probably not that ugly, and they might just be much more suitable for large amounts of texts, but breaking down content into individual pages that flow naturally, yet are easily accessible individually, offers some flexibility in both navigation, design and distribution. Consider it as a cross between an online wiki and an e-book.
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Yes, there are ads on these pages. This is not a get-rich-fast scheme, and believe me, one cannot earn a lot of money from displaying a few banners, especially when the better half of the world uses ad-blockers. But unfortunately, both domain registrations and web hosting cost money. If there will ever be a way to support the site by other means, all advertisements will be gotten rid of, never to be seen again (on this site anyway), but until then they are a necessary evil.
The one little thing we can do about it is using alternative ad-networks, so at least you can be a little further from google's personal information hoarding tentacles. The single ad-network currently used on this site is Chitika, which proved to be the least invasive among several alternative ad-networks, with uses least amount of tracknig cookies, etc. unfortunately they also pay next-to-nothing.
So if you do use an ad-blocker, please do us a favour, and white-list our site. Your contribution will be small, but much appreciated.
The Way of Linux is committed to serving content that does not track its readers. Advertisements are currently seen as a necessary evil. In the long term, the plan is to switch to a provider that complies with the standards phrased by the Acceptable Ads initiative, but this will take time. Most such networks are picky, and with good reason. Until the site grows big enough, with a sizeable traffic, it might not be accepted, but as soon as it does, the options to switch over to more privacy conscious advertising will be explored and implemented.
The Way of Linux tries not to track its readers. With the notable exception of advertisements, and disqus comments, which are currently beyond our control, all user tracking had been ditched, and/or replaced with a more privacy-conscious alternative.
In place of Google Analytics, a self-hosted
Piwik Matomo (it's s been recently renamed) instance shows valuable information of which articles are read the most. Piwik Matomo is set up in a way that it honours do not track requests, so if your browser is set to ask not to track, you will be excluded from all statistics. Your IP address is masked so that only the first half showing, e.g. 83.3.., which helps to see approximately how many unique visitors read an individual article, without providing any means to actually identify anyone. Piwik Matomo is also set so that it uses no tracking cookies at all.
If your tracker-blocker still detects google-analytics, that's either Disqus, or the ad provider, not us. Feel free to block it.
The data collected is used only to display stats, like how many people read an article (for the author's ego to grow), or what screen resolutions are used most (so that responsive design decisions can be made). It had not been decided yet, how long these stats will be kept, but the archived logs will also be purged regularly.
In short: The Way of Linux and any associated blogs and websites do not collect any personal or behavioural information about you, other than basic statistics about how many articles are being read on the site.
If this is still too much tracking for your taste, you can also opt-out below. Ckicking opt-out will place a cookie on your PC, that will tell
Piwik Matomo not to track you. It's the opposite of a tracking cookie. :)
If you don't want to see those ugly banners and/or you do appreciate the effort that's going into building and maintaining these pages, you can buy the author/developer/editor a coffee (or preferably beer) at any time. Doing this in person might be challenging, but a few dollars sent via PayPal, or some fancy cryptocurrency might still go a long way. Our eternal gratitude will haunt you all your life. You might also receive the blessing of various penguin deities.
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About penguins and eastern philosophies
The author has a penguin fixation. It's incurable. Sorry. We'll be trying to keep the number of penguins displayed to a minimum. As to the pseudo-philosophical "quotes" from non-existent wise penguins... Well, everybody needs to believe in something, don't they?
Some wisdom to conclude
They say a picture's worth more than a thousand words. And a picture of a penguin is worth more than a thousand images. And if there are also words...