This post is aimed to clarify the purpose and scope of the blog and the blogger

Q: What is this blog all about?

A: Its an attempt to journal my Linux learning curve. The goal of the process is to be able to attain enough practical  knowledge to administer a Linux system and also be able to use it on a day-to-day basis.

Q: Why would you want to learn Linux?

A: Because it will make me feel proud of my geeky abilities 🙂 A more serious answer would be, Life is a learning process and we should try to learn things which are worthwhile and appealing. Linux ticks both those boxes. The “freedom” factor appeals to me and knowing a 2nd operating system is like knowing a 2nd language, an advantage.

Q: How is you blog any different from several other Linux blogs?

A: I have dabbled with linux a few times before and thanks to it, I do know a few comments. Thats about it. As I’m self-learning, the process is full of misadventures.  These two factors will ensure that the blog is filled with humour.  So I can say that this blog is not one of those tutorial blogs but more of a travel log of an adventure trip.

Q: Who are you?

A: My name is Vijay but I prefer to write under the name Nikarlan (Ni-ka-ri-laan). I’m a person with diverse interests including movies, anime, books, music, photography and sports.

Q: When do you think you will be able to achieve the goal?

A: The plan is to dedicate an hour for linux learning everyday for the initial period and then gradually increase the “linux hours of the day”. I think this will provide a smooth transition. Considering the depth of Linux, it should take me few years to complete it.

I have always wanted to try Linux. I can’t pin down when or why, this crazy curiosity started. I have tried several distros in the past but have always ended up switching back to familiar territories. So, I’m giving it another shot. This time, I have purchased a well recommended book called “Linux Phrasebook” by S.Granneman and using the distro with most number of Linux users – Ubuntu.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Thats lines from Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. Remember reading it in High School. One day, I hope I can quote it with reference to today. Yes,  I’m taking the Linux road again and I hope I will stick to it to see the “Paradise of Freedom”



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