- Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Jeff Hoogland. I am a student, a teacher and a developer. I go to school full time as a mathematics education major. In terms of work I am both a private tutor and an audio engineer.
- What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I run Bodhi Linux on my main computer system. Bodhi is an “Enlightened, minimalistic Linux desktop”. By “enlightened” it means the Enlightenment (or e17) desktop/window manager is what powers it. By “minimalistic” it means there is not piles of extra trash installed on the system by default. I choose and customize my system how I want – not how someone else thinks it should be.
- What software do you depend upon with this distribution?
I use a wide range of software in any given week. For personal use on a daily basis I typically use Firefox, Abiword, Dropbox, PCManFM and LXTerminal. My other favorite applications I use from time to time are OpenShot, Handbrake, DeVeDe, VLC, Leafpad, LibreOffice and Starcraft 2 (via Crossover Games). For teaching I often use Geogebra, KAlgebra, Xournal and SMART Notebook.
My computer is both a tool and a toy (unfortunately is it more the former than the latter these days). For most documents I favor Abiword over LibreOffice because of its speed. LibreOffice is necessary at times though because I find it has a better compatibility with documents that are coming from the Microsoft Office suite. Dropbox is a must have. I have almost a half dozen systems and Dropbox ensures that the data I always need is on all of them with ease. When I first came to Linux I used nautilus and gnome terminal, in the past year though I have changed to using the lighter PCManFM and Lxterminal because they are quick and nearly as feature rich. OpenShot is easily the best video editor for the Linux platform in my opinion. When used in combination with Handbrake and DeVeDe I can do any/all video editing an amateur such as myself could desire. VLC is for watching any media files I have. LeafPad is great for editing a text file or two (or jotting down some quick notes). Finally, Starcraft 2 is the only game I really have any time for these days. Crossover Games lets me enjoy my Windows game without having to muck around in Wine settings, I don’t mind supporting the Codeweavers company as they are one of the main contributors to the Wine project.
- What kind of hardware do you run it on?
I have two systems I use daily. The first is a Sager laptop. It is a generic name that sports decent hardware (even with being almost 18 months old now). Intel Centrino p9700 processor, nVidia 260m GTK graphics card, 4gigs of DDR3 memory and a 1650×1080 panel all wrapped up into a 15.4" form factor. Most importantly, when I purchased the system I got it with a blank hard drive – no Windows tax.
My second system is an Asus T101MT – a tablet+netbook combination. The atom processor and the high speed SSD I dropped into the device make for a truly snappy system that boots from a full shutdown in around 15 seconds. You can find a demo video of how nifty this little device is posted here.
- What is your ideal Linux setup?
My ideal Linux setup would function fully with Open Source drivers. We are close currently, but the last line we need to cross is the open source graphics drivers. Both ATI and nVidia lack a decent amount of functionality without their respective closed source drivers.
- Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Of course! Attached is an image of my fairly simple Enlightenment desktop. Application launcher along the bottom, a few widgets down the right side and the main “shelf” at the top of the screen.
Interview conducted May 10, 2011