Not everyone loves tiling window managers, but people who do really love them. Jason is a tiling fan. And he uses Ubuntu. I’m as guilt as anyone of obsessing over desktop environments, but the great thing about Linux is you can pretty much use whatever desktop you want with whatever distribution you want. That’s kind of freedom and flexibility never ceases to amaze me.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
- Why do you use Linux?
I use Linux because I like a bit of the freedom it offers, the community it has created, and tiling window managers. It started back in high school, when I wanted to become an analytical chemist. The software used at my internship ran on IRIX, and I wanted something similar at home. A great coworker at the time help me get setup with Slackware 3.1 (so many floppies…) on my terrible Packard Bell. I moved to RedHat (pre Fedora) 4.0 the following year. It wasn’t long before I decided I wanted to do computer science instead and started working at an ISP.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I use Ubuntu LTSs as my primary distro, so now it’s 14.04.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
Xmonad, which I like because of its super-fast tiling, sparse interface, and keyboard-driven behavior. But I really just want a good terminal (I’m a Terminator fan) in whatever window manager I’m using.
What one piece of software do you depend upon with this distribution? Why is it so important?
Vim and WeeChat are my top two applications. I use Vim for all development and text editing, and WeeChat keeps me connected to IRC and ultimately the Python and local (Nashville) developer communities.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
I’m using a Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition (i7-4500, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD), with a CODE keyboard.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Boring but attached. Dotfiles are online at GitHub.
Interview conducted June 26, 2014