Jerry is behind Linux Lite, an acclaimed Ubuntu-based distribution that, as the name implies, is lightweight. Jerry, like Cassidy from elementary brings up the importance of distro-creators using the same tools they’re offering their users. It’s a practice that seems to lead to usable distributions.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Jerry Bezencon and I’m a technology consultant, investor, programmer and promoter of/advocate for free and open source software.
Why do you use Linux?
If you’re referring to the kernel then I use it because it’s at the heart of my choice of desktop distribution and because I believe Linus Torvalds has contributed something wonderful to the software world. But I suspect the question is phrased in such a way because most people just associate the word ‘Linux’ with a combination of a desktop environment, free and open source software, and the Linux kernel. I try to encourage the proper use of technology terminology, especially for those new to these software communities. It’s important to get them using the correct terms from day one. Either way, I use free and open source software because, on a human level, it intuitively seems like the right thing to do. I love being part of a sharing philosophy, it fulfills my need to contribute to and be part of something that does good in the world.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I run Linux Lite on my workstation and on my laptop.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
I use Xfce mainly because that’s what Linux Lite uses as it’s desktop environment. It’s not a personal preference—I run it because as a Linux distribution developer, I think it’s important to use what you distribute on a daily basis, so that you can be more hands-on with your community in terms of understanding their needs. If you use what your community uses, then you have a better understanding of their computing, and it makes support much easier too.
What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so
I think it would be grossly unfair to single out one piece of software. This would mean that I consider one piece of software above all others. I certainly don’t. In the free and open source software community, all software is of equal importance and plays a vital role in the proliferation of freedom in computing.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
I use a HP Z800 Workstation: 2 x Intel Xeon CPU E5645 2.40GHz (24 threads), 16GB ECC REG DDR3-1333, Crucial CT512MX1 512Gb SSD, NVIDIA Quadro 4000, Philips 27″ LCD 1920x 1080. Purchase of the workstation was partly funded by the Linux Lite community.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Interview conducted January 5, 2016