The Linux Setup – Igor Ljubuncic,

I found Igor through Steven Rosenberg, and like Steven says, Igor is both knowledgeable and funny. Igor’s setup is cool because of the variety of hardware and distros he uses. I was most interested in the variety of desktop environments he uses. I find it tough enough flipping between GNOME3 and Windows 7. I’m not sure I’d be able to handle even just a third variable.

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

    My name is Igor Ljubuncic, I’m a Linux nerd, writer and a former physicist. I do a lot of things, but work-wise, I lead a team of people creating new, innovative solutions for high-performance Linux computing environments in a big company, which shall remain unnamed. It comes down to complex problem solving, optimization of operating system images, tons of bug-finding, and other neat stuff. Other than that, I really love writing books. In fact, the second book in my epic fantasy series The Lost Words is due any day now.

    Ed. note:: It’s been released.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    At home, I use Linux primarily for video editing and automation of tasks, and lots and lots of testing. Linux is a fairly flexible operating system, and you truly get to appreciate the power and simplicity once you start digging under the surface. That said, I also happily use other, proprietary operating systems.

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

    That’s a tough question, because I do not use any one machine for all tasks; rather, my machines have dedicated tasks based on their hardware, portability, and expendability. My desktop rigs run Kubuntu. Then, I have numerous laptops running Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Mint, and CentOS, as well as many other test distros.

  4. What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?

    I still think GNOME 2 was, and maybe still is, the most productive desktop environment. That said, I really like Cinnamon and the latest incarnations of Xfce. Then again, KDE is also very nice, and MATE isn’t bad either. But if I absolutely had to choose one, then it would be a really tough choice.

  5. What one piece of software do you depend upon with this distribution? Why is it so important?

    I do not think there’s any software I use that is specifically restricted to this or that distribution. There are several important and useful programs that I sort of must have, but they run on all of these systems, so it’s no biggie. I also require several Windows-only applications, plus games, which is why Windows is still so prevalent in my setup.

  6. What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?

    If this is the part where one brags about how nerdy they are, then we have the following:

    • Desktop rig: custom built, i5 processor, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GTX570 card, five hard disks, running Kubuntu Pangolin and Windows 7 in a dual-boot configuration.
    • Desktop rig: custom built, i3, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 550TI card, three hard disks, running the same setup as above.
    • One HP Pavilion laptop, with 4GB RAM and Nvidia card, running Lucid (still) and Windows 7 on the internal disk, and five distros on the external one, although I spend most of the time using Pangolin.
    • One LG laptop, with 4GB RAM and Nvidia card, currently with CentOS and several other distros in the process of being upgraded.
    • One Lenovo T61 laptop with 2GB RAM and Intel graphics, booting Ubuntu 12.04, Kubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint Maya, and an ever-changing fourth candidate.
    • One T42 laptop, with a 32-bit processor, 1.5GB RAM and ATI graphics, in the process of being upgraded.
    • One Asus eeePC netbook running Xubuntu Pangolin.
    • One Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with Android Jelly Bean
    • One dedicated server machine for virtualization.
    • I also have three other laptops running Windows exclusively, plus several devices on loan for testing and such.
  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Which one? But here’s a sampling.

Igor Ljumuncic's desktop

Interview conducted May 7, 2013

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