It’s the End of January….

It’s the end of January, already. Hard to believe, isn’t it? That means we’re closing out the first three months of Penguin Shell. We’re already well past 52 issues – a full year’s worth of information by most weekly newsletter standards. So far, so good. Your response has been uplifting every time I get bogged down in the details. The range of knowledge I see in email assures that I’m learning right along with you. Today, I want to give you a heads-up today on some of the features coming to Penguin Shell in February.

First on tap, as you know, is the shell scripting series starting Monday. It’s still not too late to show off your scripting skills by submitting your favorite, most useful or most fun script. I’ll try to get them all in during the week, but I’m also planning a downloadable .tgz archive of all the scripts, whether they make it into the series or not. I’ll give you more details as they’re worked out.

Next up in February is a reprise of The Great Distro Review. Call it Distro II, if you’d like. The response to the first series of reviews was so strong that I’ve decided to sacrifice my happy and comfortable RedHat configuration for another 5-6 weeks. So far, I’m planning on reviewing Open Linux, Lycoris (formerly Redmond Linux), ELX, Xandros, Libranet, and Astaro. The schedule hasn’t been completely worked out just yet, but the series will most likely run from mid-February through the end of March. As always, if there are specific topics you’d like to see explored in these reviews, send ’em.

You’ve also asked many times about my recommendations for newbie Linux books. Accordingly, I’ll be reviewing and recommending several throughout February and March. You’ve probably heard of some of them. I’ll have some surprises, as well. We’ll end that series with the beginnings of a “must-have” Linux library based on these reviews.

Buckle up. It’s gonna be a busy month. With Iowa temperatures suddenly winter-like, I can’t think of many better ways to create quality indoor time.