It has been a while

Hi everyone. It’s been a very long time since I last posted an article on RealLinuxUser. Not because I didn’t want to anymore, but because I just couldn’t anymore. Almost two years ago, our employer informed us that we had to go through a transition from our on-premises server solutions to the Cloud. Originally the idea was to go to AWS, but later, after rethinking by senior IT Management, the decision was made to move to Azure. This transition meant that almost all of our IT employees, and there are thousands of us in our company, have to go through a leap to go from the old situation where an external partner managed our IT landscape, to a situation where all DevOps teams are responsible for their own Azure based IT architecture. The extra thing in this move was that, depending on our role, we all had to go through a curriculum of more than 40 different smaller, larger and very big courses in the past period with a large number of mandatory certifications.

Very recently I obtained the final required certificate, Microsoft Azure AZ-304 Architect Design, which makes me ready for my new position of Senior Solution Engineer. The past year and a half have been terribly busy and hard for me, with 3 to 4 hours of study a day, in addition to my normal working days of about 10 hours, and additionally more than 10 study hours per weekend. This brought me close to the burnout teratorium, with the result that I was no longer able to do other things at all properly. That’s why I haven’t written anything for for so long. The energy was gone. But the desire to do this again has never disappeared. And now that my required studying is finally over, it’s time to give this website some attention and I hope I can be of some service to you again. And hopefully you will find the website back again as well.

My goal for this website has always been to be slightly different from many other Linux related websites. I don’t say better, but different, in the sense that I want to bring Linux closer to regular computer use with a tone of voice that appeals to my target group. Linux still has the image of being too technical for many, but in my opinion that is caused more by the way a lot of websites or blogs are writing about Linux than that Linux is actually too technical and noob-unfriendly. When we look at Linux distributions like Zorin OS, we can actually conclude that Linux can be much more noob-friendly or just friendly for people that want to use their computer in a productive way, than for example Windows. But “what the farmer does not know, he does not eat”, is often said here in the Netherlands. So I want to continue writing longer articles and series of articles aimed at giving Linux a friendly face. My goal isn’t to bring the latest news on Linux, although I might do that every once in a while if I think there’s something interesting to report, but I’d much rather focus on some more timeless articles that still retain value for a few years and support new and existing Linux users in their journey. But I also want to include you more in this website as well, so for example I am thinking about short stories written by you on your personal Linux setups and why you like using Linux. So if you are interested in something like that, or if you have some ideas for a specific topic that you like to be discussed on, please let me know via the contact page.

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That’s it for now. I will see you soon with a new article on my yearly top something preferred Linux apps as a retrospect for 2021. Have a great day.

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About John Been

Hi there! My name is John Been. At the moment I work as a senior solution engineer for a large financial institution, but in my free time, I am the owner of,, and author of my first book "Linux for the rest of us". I have a broad insight and user experience in everything related to information technology and I believe I can communicate about it with some fun and knowledge and skills.

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