The Linux Setup – Raphaël Hertzog, Debian Developer

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  1. Who are you, and what do you do?

    I’m Raphaël Hertzog. I am Debian Developer who tries to contribute as much as possible to Debian. To feed my family—I’m married and have a son of 18 months—I’m doing development/consulting around Debian
    (http://www.freexian.com). I’m also an author of a Debian book for the French market (http://raphaelhertzog.fr/livre/cahier-admin-debian/).

  2. What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?

    Debian unstable obviously but also Debian experimental for GNOME 3.

  3. What software do you depend upon with this distribution?

    Lots of software obviously. I’ll give you the most important for me. Many of them run in the GNOME Terminal: mutt, vim, git, the Debian development tools (devscripts, dpkg-dev, etc.).

    Among the graphical applications I can cite Iceweasel and Chromium, Gwibber, VirtualBox, Smuxi, Hamster, Zim. Smuxi is an intelligent IRC application that can offload the IRC client to a remote machine so that you can be always connected to IRC and get back the history and the notifications whenever you restart the Smuxi client. Think of it as a graphical version of the usual irssi+screen combination.

    Zim is also an important application in my workflow. I use its calendar plugin to plan all the tasks that I want to complete over the week, and I take all my notes with it. I have some custom scripts to easily integrate references to mails I received… that way I can keep my INBOX clean and have a list of mails where I have to respond directly in my normal task list.

  4. What kind of hardware do you run it on?

    My laptop is my main workstation, it’s a Dell E4300 with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of SSD. It’s usually connected to a 24" Dell screen and a Typematrix keyboard (http://www.typematrix.com). I love the typing comfort of this unusual keyboard. Any IT professional should consider it.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    I would love to see a tighther integration between the desktop shell, the task list, the calendar, the time tracking application and some sort of “life overview”.

    I have goals and my computer should help me to reach my goals. It should be able to respond to the question “What should I do next?” in a contextual way: during the day, it means working towards my professional goals, in the evening it means working towards personal goals, etc. It should help me to stay focused on stuff that matters for me.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    It’s not really interesting… I have taken a desktop with zim as it’s an application not widely known. It’s GNOME 3 for the rest.

  7. Raphael Hertzog's desktop


The Linux Setup is a feature where I interview people about their Linux setups. The concept is borrowed, if not outright stolen, from this site. If you’d like to participate, drop me a line.

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