The Linux Setup – Amelia Andersdotter, EU Parliament

Amelia Andersdotter, 24, is the youngest member of the current European Parliament. She’s a member of the Swedish Pirate Party, a political party centered around copyright and patent reform. Given her political interests, it’s probably not a surprise that Amelia is a Linux user.

Amelia’s setup is fairly standard. But her Arch-broken XServer issue resonated with me, since that’s what forced me off of Arch a few years ago. Members of Parliament really are just like you and me!

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

    I’m just in the process of changing my hardware. My old netbook, which is currently in semi-use, was an Asus Eee PC 1005PE, and ran Arch Linux with awesome window manager (awesome is the name of the window manager). Unfortunately, after the last awesome update, the package broke, my XServer refused to cooperate so for one month I was exiled in Fluxbox.

    I also have an Asus K73S which is running Fedora (since one week ago). I’m completely new to Fedora and haven’t explored the potential of the system yet – the graphical interface leaves something to be desired but I also haven’t spent much time configuring this laptop. I like that Fedora chose to remain with kernel 2.6 because things work better with 2.6. On the Eee PC I experienced that the computer got slower after upgrading to 3.0, and even if nothing broke (like, how XServers normally like to break) it was still a bit of a pain. Emacs in Fedora does not include Tetris, since apparently there is some company in the US which may be able to make a trademark claim against someone if it were included.

  2. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    An ideal setup for me would be something like… Arch Linux, with a tiling window manager (I currently have my eyes on i3wm), Emacs, Firefox, Thunderbird, with urxvt as a terminal emulator.

Interview conducted January 10, 2012

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