The Linux Setup – Nathan Hale, minimal linux

I know Nathan from minimal linux, which is a great blog (and, which is different from Minimalist GNU/Linux). I also appreciate that Nathan does so much music stuff using Linux, since that can be a tough road to hoe.

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

    My name is Nathan Hale. By day, I’m an admissions counselor for small, private university. By night I write music, design websites, and occasionally blog about Linux and minimalism.

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

    Ubuntu flagship on my main laptop. I love Ubuntu, but 10.10 is where it’s at for now. Unity doesn’t bother me so much (you can even run in GNOME classic mode if you like) but it crashes on me really consistently. I am working with System76 to get this fixed…but I’m seriously considering moving back to 10.10 for the stability.

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

    Chromium (browser), Crashplan (backup), GIMP (image editing), Gedit (all my writing/coding), Shotwell (photo management), OpenShot (family videos), Banshee (music), MuseScore (composing).

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

    A 2nd generation Lemur Ultraportable Laptop from System76.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    I really love my laptop. If it had more battery and just tad more processing power it would be perfect.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Nathan Hale's desktop

Interview conducted May 17, 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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