The Linux Setup – Dave Neary, Red Hat

Dave’s setup is pretty standard, but it makes sense when you read how he described his ideal Linux setup: “The less time I spend thinking about what my desktop is running, and the more time I spend doing stuff, the better.” That wonderfully summarizes how I think about Linux. I turned to it because it was customizable, which allowed me to make it run more effectively for me, but now I run it because it works well, without a lot of fiddling. The customization angle might be less important to me because I now have a handle on what I like and dislike in a desktop experience, or it could be that the desktops are getting better. Either way, this interview is another example of how Linux is a great path for anyone looking to have a machine that just works.

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

    Dave Neary, Open Source and Standards, Red Hat. We’re a team of people working to make all the Open Source projects Red Hat works with better.

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

    Fedora 17.

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

    I use Thunderbird for email, Firefox for web, Empathy for IM, XChat-gnome for IRC, LibreOffice for office productivity, Simple Scan for scanning, Shotwell for photo management, Gnote for note taking, and then terminal for other stuff.

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

    A Lenovo Thinkpad X220. Nice and light for travel, with a dock and bigger screen for when I’m at home.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    Whatever works 🙂 There are some pet hates I have, which are more integration and polish issues than anything else.The less time I spend thinking about what my desktop is running, and the more time I spend doing stuff, the better.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Sure! (With extra blurring of email client window).

Dave Neary's desktop

Interview conducted January 28, 2013

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