Katherine is involved in a lot of great Linux initiatives. I strongly recommend her Twitter feed, which usually has a few interesting links per day. Katherine is also another subject who says her setup is close to ideal, which is always nice, and impressive, to hear. Also, despite the fact that I might seem obsessed with Fuduntu, it’s just a coincidence that Katherine uses it.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Katherine Noyes, and I write about Linux and open source technology for The Linux Foundation’s Linux.com as well as PCWorld, LinuxInsider, and the brand-new Linux Advocates blog. On LinuxInsider I write the Linux Blog Safari, for which I assume the persona of “Linux Girl.” You may have noticed the new illustrations of Linux Girl on my Google+ and Twitter pages, as well as in the semiweekly column; I’m proud to say my daughter Elinore is the artist who did them!
Outside of the Linux world I also write about cool new business ideas for Springwise, occasional stories for TechNewsWorld’s Space section, and animal-related posts for Volunteer Guide, where I’m the Senior Editor of Animal Welfare — another passion of mine.
- What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I currently run Fuduntu Linux on my main desktop PC. Until just recently I dual-booted Ubuntu and Windows 7, but I finally wiped Windows (hadn’t actually needed it for a long time) and installed Fuduntu, which came really highly recommended. I’m loving it so far. Meanwhile I also have a Samsung Chromebook and an Android phone. We have a bunch of other laptops in my family, but my 12-year-old son is constantly installing new distros on them (he got the Linux Diversity collection for Christmas), so I couldn’t tell you what’s on them at the moment. 😉
- What software do you depend upon with this distribution?
I depend heavily on a small but powerful set of software for my work. Besides Fuduntu, that’s Chrome, which links all my stuff together; LibreOffice, where I do all my writing; GIMP for graphical images; tools like Drive and Shutter; and Firefox, which I still use and love. I was a Thunderbird user for many years, but now I’m trying to get used to the Web paradigm. I also use a VPN connection for my work with PCWorld.
- What kind of hardware do you run it on?
My primary desktop is an Asus CM5570 desktop with a 2.6GHz E5300 Pentium dual-core processor and 6GB of RAM. In addition, however, I recently bought a Samsung Chromebook for extra flexibility.
- What is your ideal Linux setup?
This may seem silly, but my needs are pretty limited, so I have to say my current setup is pretty close to my ideal setup – particularly now that I have a Chromebook as well. More speed is always nice, but beyond that I think my next plans will involve peripherals. More cloud storage may be in my future as well.
- Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
A screenshot of my current desktop is attached. It’s one of the defaults on Fuduntu, but I like it because it reminds me of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. 🙂
Interview conducted February 3, 2013