Welcome to How to Linux OS. A deep dive into Linux operating systems for beginners.
Welcome to the show everyone, I’m your host, Leo Saumure.
I want to say, right out of the gate, that I am NOT a linux expert. I am not a window’s expert. I’m not an expert of any kind.
I am however, very curious about technology. I actually refer to myself as a technology scout. My definition being that I like investigating upcoming and bleeding edge technologies. I should further define my interest as consumer cloud technologies. Things like dropbox, and google docs, and various web apps...things like that.
So that is a little bit about me. Now, a bit about this podcast.
The idea of this podcast came about as an opportunity I saw to fill an information gap that I saw when it came to using Linux. Now there are a tonne of sources out there that will give you great information about using Linux. Some of my favourite youtube channels for beginners are OS first timer or LinuxSpatry. These are channels that give you a broad overview of a particular linux distribution, and then move on to another distribution in their next video. Then there are channels such as NixiePixel, who will give tonnes of tips and tricks and opinions on using Linux, but won’t necessarily have a linear format. There’s the Linux Action Show, there’s This Week in Linux, Linux4UnMe, and lots and lots of others...and that is just the channels in youtube. There are also other one off videos on how to use linux, there are stupid amounts of blogs, forums, websites, magazines, and other podcasts. So it isn’t like there isn’t linux information available out there.
But what I’ve noticed, is that a large amount of the information out there, is pretty much one-off things. So you can get a great video that shows you how to install and review a new linux distribution. And you’ll find some really useful tips on forum sites that will answer your linux technical questions, but there is nothing out there that will answer ALL your questions from start to finish as a new linux user.
For example, let’s say that you’ve watched and followed the instructions on youtube that show you how to install a particular distribution of linux.. You follow all the steps, pausing the video every 20 seconds, making sure you’ve followed each step correctly, and holy guacamole, it works! So you start happily using your new operating system, feeling a bit smug that you’ve been able to go beyond windows or OS X, but a little later on, you notice that you can’t watch youtube because of a missing flash player. Well you’ll notice fairly quickly that getting flash to work on some distributions of linux isn’t as easy as getting it to work with windows.
That is the gap in information that I was talking about. There are very few examples of good, contiguous and linear articles or guides that will show you how to get from start to finish, while exploring the roadblocks as well. The only one that I can think of, of the top of my head, is Full Circle Magazine, which is a Linux Ubuntu electronic magazine, that will publish some really in depth articles and how-tos that will go on for months and months.
So that is what I want to do with this podcast. I want to dive into a particular distribution of linux, and take you through the ins and outs of using it, not just for a day or two, but anywhere from a month to two to three months. I want to show you where I stumbled, and hopefully, after finding a solution to the problem I might have, give you the answers as well.
This isn’t just going to be a podcast either, I will also be blogging about it all as well as posting youtube videos, etc. If you want to come along with me for the ride, I’d love to have your company, and hopefully, you’ll be able to teach me a thing or two as well.
That is it for this inaugural episode of How To Linux OS. Hopefully see you next time, where we will be diving into our first linux operating system: JoliCloud. See you soon!