The Linux Setup – Elizabeth Krumbach, Ubuntu Women Project

Elizabeth Krumbach is the kind of Linux person I find fascinating. She’s very strong on the technical side, with lots of Debian contributions to her name, but she’s also very active socially, in all kinds of Linux-related outreach. But even more impressively, Elizabeth seems to be using her ideal Linux desktop setup, which is always a cool thing to read.

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

    I’m Elizabeth Krumbach, I live in San Francisco with my boyfriend and work as a Debian Systems administrator for a small technology services provider based out of Philadelphia. My open source work started with
    documentation writing and Debian packaging, but these days my focus tends to be outreach via local groups promoting Linux, online training and getting Ubuntu into schools via the non-profit Partimus.org. Lately I’ve also been working with the Xubuntu folks to refresh their website and have been pitching in with testing. I’m also one of the leaders of the Ubuntu Women project and am a member of the Ubuntu Community Council.

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

    Xubuntu. I run the every-6-months release on my desktop and the LTS (Long Term Support) version on the pink Dell mini9 netbook I travel with. I also have a secondary desktop that also runs my firewall, that’s on Debian with fluxbox.

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

    I use Xubuntu because XFCE4 is my environment of choice and so it was a natural choice when I switched from Debian to an Ubuntu-based distribution on my desktop back in 2006. Application-wise a quick browse of my desktop shows: lots of xterms (ssh!), irssi, bitlbee, mutt, taskwarrior (a recent addition), vim, screen, bzr, git, gimp, f-spot, mplayer and google-chrome. I also use a number of of online apps, like Google Apps for domains which includes calendaring, docs and an RSS reader.

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

    Intel Core i7 with 8GB RAM inside my very first vanity computer case which is white with purple flowers and Swarovski crystals. I do a lot of virtualization for testing at work and for development so a powerful machine was a must when I put this together last year, I’ve been considering adding more RAM.

    Full specs: http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=2628

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    I think I have it! I’ve got two monitors, one is hooked up to my secondary Debian desktop where I run social media stuff, movies and have an ipv6 tunnel. My primary desktop does all the heavy lifting and acts as a fileserver for our network. A separate backup server would be nice though, it’s on our “to buy” list.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    I don’t usually crowd a bunch of things into one window as I use 16 workspaces, but it’s more fun for screen shots.

Elizabeth Krumbach's desktop

Interview conducted June 8, 2011


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