The Linux Setup – Charles Profitt, System Administrator

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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    Home is a Lenovo T530 (specs and review here)

    Work is a Lenovo W520.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Here are two images.

Charles Profitt's work desktop

Charles Profitt's home desktop

Interview conducted August 11, 2014


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