The Linux Setup – Max Bernstein, Programmer

I discovered Max’s blog on Reddit’s DistroHopping. Max’s interview references this post, which is a great, in-depth look at what he’s looking for in a distro.

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

    I’m Max Bernstein, a full-time student and freelance programmer. I also just code things for fun.

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

    I run Mac OS X on my laptop (which, for all intents and purposes is my desktop), and Fedora on my netbook. On my dev server, I run Ubuntu Server.

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

    I run a white Macbook ‘10, 4GB RAM, an Acer Aspire One, with a 32GB SSD, and my server is the lowest tier Rackspace VPS.

  4. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    My ideal Linux setup is covered pretty well in this post:

    Put concisely, a programmer’s ideal environment would be as such (in no particular order):

    • Terminal always at the ready
    • Minimalist UI. Not overly pretty, but not as spartan as, say, Fluxbox or TWM.
    • Completely configurable UI, but configuration should be optional for the love of all that is holy. This is the reason I’m not particularly fond of installing Arch.
    • Emacs/Vim as an IDE — built-in compile and testing tools, as well as some basic functionality to compute runtime complexity of some functions.
    • Fast boot and log-in times.
  5. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Max Berstein's tmuxdesktop
A tmux session on Max’s server

Max Berstein's tmuxdesktop
Cinnamon on Fedora

Interview conducted October 29, 2012


The Linux Setup is a feature where I interview people about their Linux setups. The concept is borrowed, if not outright stolen, from this site. If you’d like to participate, drop me a line.

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