The Linux Setup – Nick Schermer, Xfce Developer

After showing a fair amount of KDE love recently, it’s nice to spread the gospel of Xfce. And who better to help with that than Nick Schermer, who’s part of the Xfce team? Nick’s interview conveys the sense that he’s not a huge desktop tinkerer. It sounds like he’s just looking for an environment that lets him get to his work easily. And that, obviously, is the strength and beauty of Xfce.

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

    I’m Nick Schermer. I’m working for a small company that provides mechanical support on rotating equipment (gas-turbines, pumps, compressors). In my spare time I contribute to the Xfce Desktop Environment, hacking on nearly every part of the [core] desktop.

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

    I’ve been using Arch Linux for as long as I can remember. For testing my desktop runs a number of virtual machines.

    It also have Windows installed which is required for work-related software *sigh*.

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

    Compiler tools, KVM and some desktop applications like Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, GIMP, Geany. Obviously I compile Xfce myself from the Git repositories.

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

    My desktop is an i7-2600, a 22-inch screen with a SSD for ’/’ and disk for LVM partitions and ’/home’.

    I also have a netbook, which I carry around sometimes. I don’t use it a lot, but it has the same software as the desktop.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    My current desktop is fast enough. A second monitor would be nice. I’m already looking for one. Maybe some more memory, but I hardly run multiple VMs at once.

    I’m not a laptop user, so upgrading to an ultrabook or new netbook is not worth the money.

    I recently received a Raspberry Pi, but I’ve had hardly any time to test it. It currently runs as a media center, but it should of course run Xfce ;-).

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    For programming I usually have a bunch of terminals and an editor open while playing music in the background. Otherwise its most likely a full-screen movie player or web browser.

Nick Schermer's desktop

Interview conducted September 25, 2012

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