The Linux Setup – Aditya Patawari, Systems Engineer/Fedora Contributor

Aditya is a technical guy with a simple setup. I think by now we know most people use their computers for typing and web-browsing. Aditya is no different, but Linux gives him access to more specialized tools that make his work easier. Of course, these tools exist for other operating systems, but it’s nice to think how easily all Linux users can access the same tools. Which is how and why I’m about to try out Hotot…

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

    I am Aditya Patawari and I am a Fedora contributor. I blog about Linux and other open source technologies at various places. I have also been a speaker at the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, FOSS.in, GNUnify, and several other conferences. I am a systems engineer by profession. I work on large scale production deployments, making sure they’re always available and creating setup redundancy. I also manage tools like Puppet, Graphite and Nagios.

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

    I have been running Fedora for quite a few years.

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

    I use Chromium for browsing, Hotot for microblogging and XChat for IRC. Because of the nature of my work, terminator and Vim are the most essential part of my setup.

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

    I have a Lenovo x220 Thinkpad running an i5 processor with 4GB RAM.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    From a hardware perspective, I would want my machine to be lightweight and offer longer battery life. The device drivers should be easily available. The operating system has to be highly flexible to allow me to play with it easily and yet stable enough so that it does not crash with the kind of heavy-duty work I do. It should be fine running a couple of virtual machines.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    My desktop generally has a bunch of terminals open. Here is a screenshot:

Aditya Patawari's desktop

Interview conducted January 21, 2013


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