by at 2023-03-24T14:35:57.000Z

Welcome to tty1, a blog about the Linux terminal!

Who are you, and what is this all about?

Easy to answer the first question:

$ whoami

I kid. Let me introduce myself for real.

$ cat about-$(whoami).toml
name = "Benjamin Hollon"

website = ""
code = ""
mastodon = ""

occupation = "university student"
major = "Communications (BA)"
university = "Texas A&M"

hobbies = [
	"playing trombone"
	"composing music"
dream = "developing and supporting Free and Open Source software for the writing industry"
terminal_emulator_of_choice = "foot"

citizenship = "United States of America"
lived = [
	"United States of America"

Is this a nerdy way to introduce myself? Yes. If that's not what you're looking for, I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but you're in the wrong place. This is a nerdy blog for nerdy people.

As for what this is about, tty1 is a blog where I'll share tips, tricks, guides, reviews, and anything and everything related to the Linux terminal. If you don't know what that means, again, you're in the wrong place.

Eventually, this blog may feature guest articles by people who know their stuff; we'll be starting off with articles by yours truly as I get into stride and establish the proper tone and feel for this blog.

Why the name tty1?

Long story short, a tty is a terminal for your Linux-based operating system that doesn't require a graphical system like X or Wayland.

Originally, I was going to write this blog about my attempt to daily-drive a Linux installation without a graphical system, doing everything from the tty, hence the title. I've since broadened it to be about the Linux terminal in general, but the name still fits.


Let's get a few things straight before we begin our grand tour of the Linux terminal.

Subscribing for updates

To get updates, you can use a feed reader, subscribing to the link for the tty1 Atom Feed. You can also open the link to see a preview of the feed. For an explanation of what Atom Feeds are, check out About Feeds.

For a good terminal client to check your RSS feeds, I highly recommend newsboat. That's the client I use. The website has a comprehensive guide and of course you can always run man newsboat to get information on using it.

Contacting Me

There are a few ways to contact me on my site, but if you're not wanting a private conversation (in which case email is best), I'd love if you reach out to me on Mastodon!

I'm happy to take feedback, topic recommendations, questions, cookie recipes, and anything else on your mind.

Why the "Linux" terminal?

Other operating systems may have great terminals, but I use Linux. Some of what I talk about will apply to other operating systems, but I'm not going to make any guarantees; do your own research to make sure.

Thank you!

With all of this out of the way, we'll be kicking this blog off with a deep dive into the anatomy of a command.

Benjamin Hollon

Benjamin Hollon is a writer and citizen of the world with far too many hobbies. Besides writing for his blogs, he codes, plays and composes music, writes poetry and fiction, and more. He is currently studying Communications and Professional Writing at Texas A&M.

He is active on Mastodon.

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