EDITOR’S NOTE: The subject of this interview requested their name be removed from this interview. The interview has been very gently reworked to accommodate the request.
Another interview, another person from Linux Voice. This is their gaming columnist and who also runs a Linux gaming site. One of the more common reasons people have given for not using Linux full-time is gaming, so it’s always nice to see projects that help people see how that’s changing. I’m also curious to check out SimpleScreenRecorder, since I know screencasting on Linux isn’t always straight-forward.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
I own and run GamingOnLinux.com. I have run it for a few years now and it’s getting quite big. I also write the gaming section for Linux Voice magazine.
Why do you use Linux?
I use Linux because it’s free and I never have to worry about paying for the next version. I also love the customization; the fact that I can switch to a completely different user interface when one annoys me is fantastic.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
Currently I use Manjaro Linux 64-bit. I switched from Ubuntu as I can’t stand the direction they are going with it. They seem to have lost the plot a bit. Sure they are popular, but I don’t think it will last forever.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
I currently use KDE, as it offers the best feature set while also being a more traditional type of desktop.
What one piece of software do you depend upon with this distribution? Why is it so important?
Well there is no one program I depend on. SimpleScreenRecorder is probably one of the most important, though. It is the only program I have found that manages to actually keep the audio in sync with the video when recording videos of games. No other application has done that for me.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
I currently have a [home-built machine with] AMD A10 5800K APU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Nvidia 560ti graphics.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Attached is my rather nice and plain dual screen desktop!
EDITOR’S NOTE: This screenshot is Linux Mint Cinnamon. I had some photo/email drama and had to ask the subject to re-send while they were using a new distro. I’m the worst. My apologizes to everyone.
Interview conducted February 23, 2014