The Linux Setup – Scott Sealy, Pastor

Scott’s setup is great, not because it’s high-tech, but rather, because it’s high-concept. He knows he’s prone to distraction (like most of us), and use uses Linux to craft an experience that allows him to keep his focus. That’s the beauty of choice in software — it lets users create an experience that works for the individual, rather than something that’s supposed to work for everyone (and usually doesn’t…). Scott submitted his rig to me. I hope others will do the same.

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

    I’m Scott Sealy, I’m pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Covington, TN.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I originally started using Linux because tinkering with getting wireless to work or deciding on the perfect GTK theme was a great way to procrastinate writing my thesis.

    I continue to use it because I like the control and choice I have. For example, it’s nice to install software without having browser toolbars or additional “features” added that I don’t want. Since I’ve had to be my own tech support I’ve found Linux to be transparent, so it’s easier to fix problems that arise. Also, as a leader of a non-profit, volunteer organization I feel an affinity for open-source projects and enjoy using software that feels like I’m more of a part of a community than a consumer. And it’s fun.

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

    My work laptop runs OpenSUSE. OpenSUSE strikes a good balance for me as far as being stable, yet providing up to date packages. My home desktop has FreeBSD and another drive I use to play with different distros.

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

    My work laptop has KDE. The defaults work the way I expect and I like the consistency between programs. I use different window managers or desktops for a change of scenery, but KDE is what I use most of the time for work.

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

    Vim, especially the vim outliner plugin. I use an outliner for several things: sermons, lessons, meeting agendas, and planning. And I do most of my writing in Vim before formatting it in LibreOffice. I’m a master at distracting myself with things like choosing the best font or what view of the document I should use. Plain text helps remove some of those distractions.

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

    A ThinkPad E530.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Scott Sealy's desktop

Interview conducted September 10, 2013

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