I know Scott through Tumblr, so I was glad he was able to participate. I know from his blog that he’s a distro hopper, but of course, he has some strong ideas about what he likes and doesn’t like.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Scott, I run a Tumblr blog called Everything Linux, and I am a freelance programmer, mostly for a friend when he needs something done that he doesn’t have time to do. I’m also working on my own project which I won’t really go into because it’s still in the making.
- What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I have a desktop and an Acer Aspire One netbook. On the desktop, I’m running Gentoo, and on the netbook I’m running Funtoo. Which is just essentially Gentoo with a different Portage tree.
- What software do you depend upon with this distribution?
There’s nothing really I would say I depend on, seeing as Gentoo is built basically from the ground up. The things I always install though are Irssi for IRC, Pidgin to handle Facebook chat and MSN, Chromium as my web browser, Rhythmbox for music, BloGTK2 to run my WordPress blog and my editor of choice is nano. I also like to have VirtualBox, as I do help out a lot on Freenode’s IRC in #sabayon under the nick ‘anak1n’. Sometimes I need to have a [virtual instance] of Sabayon running to help people out with certain issues.
- What kind of hardware do you run it on?
On the desktop:
I have an AMD dual core processor, which makes compile time take a while, 3 GB of DDR3 RAM, Nvidia GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 for a graphics card, 500 GB HDD, 19" HP monitor, and a Razer DeathAdder mouse.
On the netbook:
Intel dual core processor, 1.5 GB of DDR2 RAM, Intel integrated graphics card, and an 8GB SSD.
- What is your ideal Linux setup?
Honestly, I’m not much for going all out. What I really want (need) is a new laptop, with at least 4-6 GB of RAM, maybe an i5-i7 processor, at least a 250 GB HDD, and a decent graphics card (Nvidia, ATI, or Intel), running either Gentoo, Funtoo or Sabayon. I like having the two computers so I can work on different things at the same time on two different machines. With my [current] project, it would work out better to use it on both architectures (x86 and x64).
- Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Of course. I made this wallpaper myself, as I can never find one online that I can actually tolerate.
Interview conducted April 1, 2012