Vince Bardsley says he’s a hobbyist, but his hardware is no joke. I definitely recommend checking out his clean machine, which is a physical setup more of us should probably try and emulate.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Vince Bardsley. I am, in order of decreasing importance, a Christian, a husband, grandfather and father. I am also, in no particular order, a retired science teacher, novelist, cyclist, RV’er, computer hobbyist, Linux advocate, amateur radio operator (KB3OM), bridge player and Corvette owner.
- What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
Presently I have Mint Maya (Cinnamon) on my production computer. Maya requires only a few tweaks to get it just the way I want it and between the Update Manager and the Software Center it stays that way. I admit to being a ‘distro hopper;’ to allow me to do that easily I have a number of hard drive racks and drawers, so trying something new is as easy as pulling out one drive and sliding in a different drawer with a different drive.
- What software do you depend upon with this distribution?
I use LibreOffice for writing and spreadsheets and either Rhythmbox or XBMC to listen to music. I’m afraid I don’t do anything exotic.
- What kind of hardware do you run it on?
The production machine is based on an ASUS M4N68T-V2 mobo and AMD Phenom II X4 955. It has 8GB of RAM and a Nvidia GeForce 9300 GS for video. The OS and related directories are on a 64GB Patriot Torqx 2. Home directories and swap space are on a WDC WD3200. This is clearly overkill for what I do. Backup, etc. is on a Zyxel NSA 221. The display is a Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM. Audio is output through an ancient Altec Lansing speaker system. There are also various other boxes around the house including my wife’s HP laptop (running Maya) and a Raspberry Pi.
- What is your ideal Linux setup?
My ideal Linux setup is a clean machine. I get to repair a fair number of computers for friends and acquaintances (if you’re reading this you know exactly how this goes). The vast majority of these boxes take the term dust bunny to a whole new level. I like my computer to be clean and cool. My solution is made from poster board and a furnace filter. All the holes and cracks except for the exhaust fan have been sealed:
- Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
The objet d’art is entitled, Self Portrait, in pipe cleaner, by Zoe, my five-year-old granddaughter. The open box in the lower left corner is a page from Crossthread my latest novel, now available on Kindle.
Interview conducted September 28, 2012