The Linux Setup – Lydia Pintscher, Wikidata/KDE/Open Advice

I love Lydia’s setup because it’s so elegantly simple. She has four core programs she needs, and she works around those. She’s a KDE user who doesn’t seem to let the environment dictate what she does and how she does it.

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

    I am Lydia Pintscher and I help people make awesome things happen around Free Software. I work on the Wikidata project doing community communication. In my free time I am working on KDE, where I am on the board of directors of KDE e.V., administrate its mentoring programs and am a member of its community working group. I am also the editor of Open Advice (http://open-advice.org).

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

    I have used Kubuntu for a long time.

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

    For my work I mainly rely on four programs. These are Chromium (browser), Quassel (IRC client), Kopete (instant messaging client) and Choqok (social media client). I am using more, of course, but without these I would really have a hard time.

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

    I am currently using a Thinkpad T420 as my main machine.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    My demands aren’t too high in terms of what the machine can do. Since I travel a lot, my ideal machine has to be lightweight, small and have long battery life, but at the same time, give me enough screen space to get work done.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Lydia Pintscher's desktop

Interview conducted December 8, 2012


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