I found Tynan through this article about San Francisco entrepreneurs living in mobile homes to save money in a very expensive housing market. I noticed Ubuntu in one of the photos and reached out to Tynan. Tynan’s setup is simple but effective. He’s looking for an operating system that stays out of his way, and Ubuntu seems to do that for him. He also mentions Synapse, which is an interesting coincidence, since it comes up quite a bit in the comments to this post on Kupfer, another application launcher. Having spent a little bit of time playing with Synapse, I also agree that it’s a neat tool.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Tynan. I’m the founder of a startup called SETT, which builds an awesome blogging platform that gets bloggers more views, more comments, and more subscribers. I also blog at Tynan.com, which is hosted on SETT.
- Why do you use Linux?
I love the idea of Linux — the full control, the transparency, and the infinite customization. At the same time, Windows has been stagnating or getting worse, and I don’t like Apple hardware. Having a great operating system coupled with unlimited choice in hardware is perfect for me.
Also, as a developer it’s nice to run a similar OS to my production environment.
- What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I run Ubuntu 13.04.
- What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
I just use the default Unity interface. It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t do anything egregiously bad like Windows does. I don’t like the launcher (I rely on Synapse instead), but I love the top bar with the unified messaging/audio/etc. The indicators on the sidebar are great, too.
- What one piece of software do you depend upon with this distribution? Why is it so important?
Synapse is really great. So is Guake. But really the strength of Linux these days is that ALL of the apps are pretty good. I like LibreOffice better than MS Office, and most of my other apps, like Thunderbird and Chrome, are equally good on any OS.
- What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
I have a Asus UX21A. It’s an 11.6" Ultrabook with 1920×1080 resolution.
- Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
It’s just the stock Ubuntu desktop. No icons and barely anything in the sidebar.
Interview conducted September 5, 2013