The Linux Setup – Lateef Alabi-Oki, Scribes text editor

Lateef Alabi-Oki’s Scribes is a truly incredible text editor. It’s light without being useless. But it also manages to integrate a lot of functionality without being overly complex. Anyone who loves text editors needs to check it out (it’s in the Ubuntu repositories). And to track Scribes development, I heartily recommend Lateef’s blog.

Also, reviewing Lateef’s software list, I’m now intrigued by the Pomodoro Technique (Lateef uses and maintains gomodoro, a Pomodoro timer).

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

    My name is Lateef Alabi-Oki. I’m a software developer, IT consultant and computer technician. I’m modestly known in the Free Software community as the maintainer of Scribes, the esoteric, unconventional, unorthodox text editor for Linux and Unix-like systems. I also maintain less popular projects like Striim (the Internet Radio Player), Germinal (the terminal emulator designed to be used with a terminal multiplexer like Tmux), gomodoro (a pomodoro timer) among others.

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

    I run Fedora Rawhide on my main computer.

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

    In general I run GNOME on a custom desktop shell session optimized for efficiency above all else. The desktop shell comprises of a compositing window manager (compiz), a dock (Avant Window Navigator) and a powerful action manager and launcher (Kupfer). The most important and powerful interface on Unix is the shell terminal. My shell of choice is fish running inside a terminal multiplexer (Tmux) running inside a terminal emulator (Germinal). My browser of choice is Google Chrome. For music I turn to Pithos, a Pandora client. Scribes is my text editor of choice for hacking, editing or any kind of text creation. If Scribes is not available, I’ll use Vim. Dropbox has been a life saver too many times. I’m excited about the “Cloud” movement. Nautilus is my file manager of choice. Other software I use include Transmission, devede, Totem, Rhythmbox, gomodoro, the GIMP, Shotwell and too many other awesome free software I’m forgetting. Kudos to free software developers.

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

    My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1501. It’s old but it works.

    CPU: 2GHz AMD Turion™ 64 Mobile Technology
    Memory: 1GB
    Graphics: ATI Radeon Mobile 128MB (Dual monitor setup)
    Hard Disk Size: 60GB

    It has become evident that I need more memory. My laptop got stolen so I’m left with this old tud. 🙂

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    A laptop that supports Linux with an Intel Core i7 processor, 1GB of Video Memory (ATI, Nvidia or Intel), 8-16GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD hard disk space, with a triple monitor setup (side monitors should be 21" – 23"). Support for HD multimedia both audio and video baked into the CPU and/or GPU. Any laptop that can provide me with this spec or better and that runs Linux properly would be an ideal development box.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?


Lateef Alabi-Oki's desktop

Interview conducted May 21, 2011

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