I’ve said this before, but anyone who can do audio production on Linux really impresses me, so I am knocked out that Duffy uses Linux for voiceover work. I’m even more impressed it’s done on a netbook. Like Duffy, I believe netbooks are a fantastic application of Linux and I continue to be disappointed Linux never got the chance to push into that space, because a netbook running Linux is a thing of compressed power and beauty.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Duffy P. Weber and I own (for 17 years now, jeez…) an IT/programming company called Weber Consulting. On the side, I do voiceover work with a heavy preference to doing video game voices.
- Why do you use Linux?
Several reasons. Servers at the shop are great with Linux. The HTTP servers, of course, and some file/FTP/SMB/SSH servers, as well as TeamSpeak3 so that I can collaborate on projects, or so my friends and I can horse around online together. We use the live boot disks for saving data off crashed client computers before we haul them off to work on them, and also for data recovery operations. Speaking of data recovery, we also make custom live Linux USB drives that are loaded up with stuff you don’t normally find pre-installed on the main disc. It’s HUGE—4GB in some cases for studio stuff—but if you need to live boot and don’t have internet to get to the repositories, it’s pretty awesome.
I also use it for my portable audio recording rig when I’m doing voiceover on the road.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
“Main” is kind of a misleading word here. My main one for general use currently has Mint on it. The main HTTP servers are running Xubuntu and SuSE, and the main SSH server is still on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. I LIKE Slax for live USBs, but tend toward Ubuntu variants there, too.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
I like Xfce’s simplicity. Cinnamon is nice, too, and GNOME’s always been a staple.
What one piece of software do you depend upon with this distribution? Why is it so important?
Wine. Without a doubt, Wine. Sometimes on a Linux box, you need to be able to run a mainstream Windows program. I’m a FoxPro programmer, and if I couldn’t run VFP 9 on Linux, I wouldn’t be able to run Linux.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
Everything from old P3 towers to my little Acer AspireONE z5. In fact, people (wrongly) dismissed netbooks as toys. I’ve recorded pro production audio using them, as well as created custom design/graphics, done 3D modeling, written software, done publication work…
Linux is largely responsible for making the best use of their smaller resources (though to be fair, Windows XP did a LOT more on them than most people gave credit for).
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
It’s not very exciting, I’m afraid. I keep most of my stuff in the menu, and haven’t even bothered to change the background, since I always have something open, and am never looking at it. Basically a Google Image search of “Xfce Desktop” will pop up a collection that looks pretty similar to all my Linux computers lined up in a row. I’ll attach it anyway, in all its boring glory. ; )
Interview conducted March 2, 2015