The Linux Setup – Minimalist GNU/Linux

I’m a huge fan of the Minimalist GNU/Linux blog. There’s interesting hands-on, technical stuff, but the blog also explores more conceptual Linux issues.

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

    I am a student from the United States who blogs about things he likes on the internet only for the joy of doing so. I have part time jobs doing mundane things for mundane amounts of money.

    I have a blog on Gamespot and Soup, neither of which have to do with minimalism but I’ve always wanted to be interesting enough to have what seems to be multiple personalities. Vaguely Batman-esque.

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

    Mostly Debian, sometimes Ubuntu. Right now it’s Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 32-bit. I do enjoy the Red Hat distros though.

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

    I use either Fluxbox or a stripped down GNOME as a desktop, depending on my mood and distro.

    Programs include: The latest Firefox for web browsing, rxvt-unicode or GNOME Terminal for terminal emulation, RSS feeds run by Newsbeuter, MPlayer for music, and a collection of other random oddities depending on what I’m doing, including but not limited to abcde (cd rips), GIMP (images I make for my soup), LibreOffice (for school), VLC (video), and Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup (classroom boredom).

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

    My laptop is a school-loaned Toshiba Tecra R10, soon to become a Macbook Pro against my will. I hope it runs Debian nicely.

    I’m also using a G3 Apple iBook a friend gave to me. It’s running Debian 6 PPC with Fluxbox, and apart from no sound and no wi-fi, it works fairly decently. It’s a good backup machine.

    I also use a Kindle for mostly public domain books and an old iPod nano for MP3 listening.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    Basically all of my software that I listed for use on a regular basis, all under Fluxbox with pretty fonts and a plain but nice theme and color scheme. Even more ideally, I would be able to make a quick script to get all the apps and then have the preferences folders that I just drop into my home folder and bang, I have a desktop in twenty minutes.

    Ideally we’d get Wii emulation through Dolphin, but I’m not that idealistic.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    I can’t remember where the wallpaper came from on the Toshiba. Might have been an old Fedora wallpaper.

Minimalist GNU/Linux's laptop
The laptop.

Minimalist GNU/Linux's ibook
The iBook.

Interview conducted June 19, 2011


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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