The Linux Setup – Patrick L. Archibald, Information Systems Manager

I’m always happy to see an LXDE user here, because it often seems like some Linux users feel trapped between GNOME and KDE. Say what you will about Ubuntu and Unity, but as a whole, Ubuntu’s alternative, non-default desktop environments make it very easy for users to play with different desktops. And while I’m still in love with GNOME, I’m grateful for the experience of other desktops, just in terms of helping me understand what works for me and what doesn’t. So if you feel trapped by your desktop environment, I hope this gives you the inspiration to try something different.

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

    Patrick L. Archibald (PLA). I am the IS Manager for Home Telecom in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. When I’m not working, I play Ingress, cycle, run, and hack.

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

    Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS with an LXDE desktop for work and home.

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

    Eclipse, Netbeans, Java, tn5250j, ssh, Cluster SSH, GIMP, Chrome, GHex, rdesktop, LibreOffice, Wireshark, gedit, nano, Python, MythTV, XBMC, ImageMagick, and Pithos.

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

    A Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop; a quad core AMD desktop with an SSD OS drive, four 2TB drives using Btrfs for multimedia storage; and a two Intel i3 with an SSD drive and XBMC frontends. At work I use a SunRay thin client displaying Lubuntu running in a VM farm.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    See number 4. 😉 I’m pretty satisfied with my current setup.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    My desktop is pretty boring. I’ve also attached a screenshot of one of my XBMC frontends skinned with Aeon Nox.

Patrick Archibald's desktop
Patrick Archibald’s LXDE desktop

Patrick Archibald's desktop
Patrick Archibald’s XBMC desktop

Interview conducted April 22, 2013


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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