Charles is another Unity fan, which someone cyncial might attribute to his presence on the Ubuntu Community Council. But I don’t think that’s why Charles likes Unity. He likes it because Unity works for him. Canonical/Ubuntu people tend to promote Unity because they’ve worked with it more than others. I maintain that one of Canonical’s biggest mis-steps was pushing out Unity way before it was ready. It soured lots of users and as good as Unity is, I think there are lots of people who will never touch it again.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Charles Profitt. My day job is as a systems administrator/systems
architect/database administrator/backup administrator/VMWare administrator/storage administrator. I am also an avid open source advocate and am currently a member of the Ubuntu Community Council.
- Why do you use Linux?
I like dependable, stable technology that I can fiddle with. Linux gives me the stability I want and the freedom to fiddle (I sound a bit like Steve Supervillain).
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I have two main laptops. One for home and one for work. I run Ubuntu 14.04 on both.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
Unity. I have grown to really like the way it works. GNOME3 would be my fallback choice, but there are some things it comes up a bit short on for me.
What one piece of software do you depend upon with this distribution? Why is it so important?
The program I use daily on my work rig is VirtualBox so that I can manage the Windows Active Directory environment. The other main program I utilize is SSH to manage multiple servers and devices. At home I depend on Evolution and Firefox more than any other applications. I also use irssi to stay connected on IRC.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
Home is a Lenovo T530 (specs and review here)
Work is a Lenovo W520.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Here are two images.
Interview conducted August 11, 2014