The Linux Setup – Jen Wike Huger, Content Manager

I know Jen from Opensource.com and when I saw her great post about moving to Linux, I knew she would be perfect for here. It’s funny that she mentions learning to use GIMP. I sometimes think it’s become very usable and then I remember I’ve just been using it for seven or eight years. It’s a great program, though, and once you solve it conceptually, it really does start to make sense. But usable might be a strong word…

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

    My name is Jen Wike, and I recently got married, so now I’m Jen Wike Huger. My husband’s a computer person too, so we have fun conversations about tech and the open source movement. One of our favorite shows is “Silicon Valley.” Have you seen it? Too funny.

    I am super lucky to be part of Red Hat. The project I work on is Opensource.com, an online publication with a mission to share people’s open source stories from around the world. Some people do software, some hardware, some education or government. All kinds of things can have an open focus. And more and more organizations, businesses, and projects are adopting something we call ‘the open source way’ to drive innovation.

    Like I mention in my latest post on Opensource.com, when I read the principles of the open source way for the first time, I just “flat out agreed.” The rest is history and why I’m passionate about sharing it with others.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    Linux is open. It’s built by an open source community and has continued to operate that way—growing and evolving, and improving—since its beginning. Linux has proven open source production systems work. Linux powers some of the most amazing computer systems in the world. It’s the future. It’s the present. I’m learning more about it everyday.

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

    My first and only Linux installation (so far!) has been Ubuntu. I installed it several months ago as part of the Introduction to Linux course I took with edX. I wrote about it here: What happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux. We had fun with that headline.

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

    Unity. I tried out Xfce and it caused a lot of weird things to happen on my Chromebook, so I switched over to Unity and that was much smoother.

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

    I have a few!

    LibreOffice. As the content manager for Opensource.com, hundreds of article submissions cross my desk every month, and many of them are in .odt formats.

    Audacity. To record and edit audio interviews.

    XChat. To communicate with my team on IRC.

    GIMP is high on my list to learn. I really enjoy taking photos—even just with my Andriod phone, which is probably why Instagram is my social media method of choice—and playing around with altering images in different ways. I’ve started making some graphics for Opensource.com, which you’ll see show up at the top of some of our articles.

    (I know Firefox isn’t Linux software but I wanted to mention it too, because it’s an open browser I depend on. I’ve been using Firefox for a long time now and appreciate the work that the Mozilla Foundation is doing. For Halloween last year at Red Hat, which is during our “We Are Red Hat” employee spirit week, I dressed up as my own version of a “firefox.” My coworker and I made a video in our costumes to round-up the best articles on the site, like we do every week—he was an Open Sourcerer and won 1st place in the costume contest!)

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

    On my Samsung Chromebook. It weighs 2.4 pounds and has over 6.5 hours of battery life, so that’s pretty cool.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Jen Wike Huger's desktop

Interview conducted June 4, 2015


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