When I write my column, I try to stick to specific hacks or tips you can
use to make life with Linux a little easier. Usually, I describe with pretty
specific detail how to accomplish a particular task including command-line
and configuration file examples. This time, however, I take a
step off this tried-and-true path of tech tips and instead talk about
more-general, high-level concepts, strategies and, frankly, personal opinions
about systems administration.