The Linux Setup – Nathan Bryan, Programmer

Nathan’s setup is interesting in that he’s a Linux expert who appreciates Apple hardware. Before you question his Linux street cred, though, scroll down and read the part about how he has a 2TB drive with 12 separate distros on it. Nathan gives a fascinating look at how Linux and Apple can play nicely together.

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

    My name is Nathan Bryan and I maintain servers, provide tech support and write security programs for every platform imaginable.

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

    My Desktop runs Ubuntu 11.04 as well as several other distributions (Fedora, Linux Mint, Red Hat, etc.). It also runs Windows 7 and Leopard. My main laptop runs Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Fedora, Linux Mint, Windows 7, and Mac OS X Lion.

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

    I use Open Office (for creating documents), Docky (dock), VNC Server (remote server connection), Wine (to run DOS apps), iTunes (for music), and Compiz (for eye candy). There’s also some obscure app my company uses for programming and Firefox.

    I also use Ubuntu Tweak, and several applications that allow me to access other aspects of the company servers.

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

    I have a variety of computers in my possession. I need all of them to help program for different platforms because the company I work for decided not to have a defined platform, so people there use Macs and PCs and they run just about any operating system that exists on them.
    My three main computers are my lifeline and I don’t know where I would be without them.

    My main desktop is an Apple PowerMac G5 quad core with three displays connected to it. It has a 2TB drive with 12 partitions on it. Each has its own Linux distribution.

    My main laptop is a 13 inch 2011 MacBook Pro. It goes to and from work with me everyday. It runs Lion, Windows 7, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, and Fedora.

    My third computer is a dual 1.25 GHZ Power Mac G4 (I’m sorry but I like Apple hardware.) It runs Ubuntu Server and I keep copies of all my programs and Linux distributions on it.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    A 17 inch MacBook Pro with a quad core processor and two Apple cinema displays running either Ubuntu or my custom distro that is still in the works. I would also like a small server that I wouldn’t have to look after.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    This is Ubuntu 10.04 PowerPC edition running on my Power Mac G5.

Nathan Bryan's desktop

Interview conducted August 15, 2011


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