The Linux Setup – Kyle Riedemann, Android Developer/Student

Kyle’s interview recaps a lot of the ideas that have been expressed here the past few weeks. One is that Linux is a great development environment—perhaps better than OS X for certain users (like Kyle). Kyle also uses and enjoys Unity, although like every Unity user, he seems to feel guilty about it. Canonical should really consider changing the name to Unity: It’s OK. Don’t Feel Bad.

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

    I am a student at Oklahoma State University (OSU). I’m a Management Science and Computer Systems major and a Google Developer Group organizer for the OSU-Stillwater chapter. I’m a beginning Android developer, and I’m focusing my studies on database management.

    I have two apps on the Play Store and hopefully a lot more to come, too. This is my developer profile on Google Play.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I use Linux because I was tired of using OS X, and I don’t like Windows. I’ve found that setting up my development environment is easier on a Linux install, and I love the fact that I can make a live USB drive with Android Studio and Oracle Java, so I can work on any computer at a moment’s notice.

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

    I use Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop currently, but I’m very interested in Arch. I love the Arch Wiki and I’m planning on installing it after my summer class is over. I like Ubuntu for the easy compatibility with Steam.

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

    I use Unity. I know, I know, Unity sucks. But it does what I need as a desktop environment, and I love the way it handles multiple monitors. I’m a big fan of GNOME 3, but I’m sticking with Unity for now.

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

    I mostly depend on Chrome, to be honest. Chrome and Android Studio are always my first installs. I love Chrome because it automatically downloads the LastPass extension when I log in, and syncs tabs with my Android devices.

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

    I’m using a Galago UltraPro from System76. I’ve found it to be a solid piece of hardware so far, and you can see more of my impressions of the hardware at my blog. It does everything I need it to, and it handles games well in Windows and still maintains decent battery life.

    My review can be found here for those interested.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Here’s a screenshot.

Kyle Riedemann's desktop

Interview conducted June 21, 2014


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