The Linux Setup – Francois Marier, Debian Developer

I saw Francois speak at Debian Day 2010, held up at Columbia University. Francois gave a great talk about supporting Linux for friends and family. I started following his blog and when I started The Linux Setup, he was one of the first people I asked to participate.

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

    I am Francois Marier (, a Debian Developer since 2003, originally from Quebec (Canada) but now living in New Zealand. During the day, I work for Catalyst IT, the biggest Open Source company in New Zealand. In my spare time, I maintain several Debian packages, volunteer to answer licensing questions for the Free Software Foundation, and work on improving Libravatar, a project I started about a year ago.

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

    Debian unstable.

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

    In no particular order: git, bzr, emacs, vim, git-annex, ikiwiki, firefox, akregator, mutt, fetchmail, procmail, spamassassin, irssi, cplay, workrave, django, python, perl, atool, renameutils, safe-rm, email-reminder, atool, gpg, privoxy, noscript, unbound, pwdhash, ion3, pidgin and vimperator.

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

    A 4-year old System76 laptop (Intel Core2 Duo, 1.5GB Ram, 320GB hard disk).

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    Basically a setup that doesn’t get in the way and has few distractions.

    I like using a tiling window manager because it prevents me from wasting time positioning windows in the right places.

    Most applications I use on a daily basis are either text-based or easy to control via the keyboard.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Here’s one of my 5 virtual desktops. It has my trusty text-based email client, a few tabbed terminals and my current music playlist. As you can see, it’s not very fancy, but it gets the job done 🙂

Francois Marier's desktop

Interview conducted June 4, 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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