Now that I'm fairly confident in my ability to do basic Linux systems administration tasks: manage web and email servers, maintain most Linux systems, convince desktop systems that they really do want to work the way they're supposed to, I'm embarking on a new learning process. I've been playing around with "real" virtualization on my desktop, and I've been reading a bunch about systems administration topics that are generally beyond the scope of what I've dealt with until now. Here is a selection of the projects I'm playing with:

  • Getting a working xen setup at home. This requires, learning a bit more about building working operating systems, and also in the not to distant future buying a new (server) computer.
  • Installing xen on the laptop, because it'll support it, I have the resources to make it go, and it'll be awesome.
  • Learning everything I can about LVM, which is a new (to me) way of managing partitions and disk images, that makes backups, disk snapshots, and other awesomeness much easier. It means, some system migration stuff that I have yet to tinker with, as none of my systems currently support LVM.
  • Doing package development for Arch Linux, because I think that's probably within the scope of my ability, because I think it would add to my skill set, and because I appreciate the community, and I want to be able to give back. Also I should spend some time editing the wiki, because I'm really lazy with that.

I guess the overriding lesson of all these projects is a more firm grasp of how incredibly awesome, powerful, and frankly stable Arch Linux is (or can be.) I mean there are flaws of course, but given how I use systems, I've yet to run into something show stopping. That's pretty cool.