The Linux Setup – Jakub Nadolny, CIO

I found Jakub via this great post about how he uses Linux for project management. It’s nice to see someone at the C-level using Linux for their personal work. Of course, Jakub’s setup could be used on a Windows machine, although he points out Windows’ lack of virtual workspaces is a deal-breaker for him.

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

    I’m CIO of PIXERS.

    Besides that, I’m a free software lover and (sometime) supporter.

    I’m also a Zen Buddhism practitioner and I maintain some Buddhist websites (on Linux servers, of course).

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I love this operating system. Windows is not an option (I really tried once, but it’s so difficult to work on it). The lack of native virtual desktops made life too difficult on Windows.

    OS X is, I’ve heard, much better in terms of technical issues, but I’m not big fan of Apple for ethical reasons. Here are some examples (unfortunately only in Polish).

    BSD could be an alternative. I used FreeBSD some time ago and it was fine.

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

    Debian GNU/Linux (Testing). I use Debian on my laptops and servers too. It’s just great. Although I’d like to try Trisquel one day.

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

    GNOME. I’m just used to it. When I started Linuxing, KDE was fancier, but there were some issues with its not completely free libraries (although it’s not the case now). I also like Xfce for its lightness.

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

    It’s hard to choose just one. Everyday I use mutt, Emacs org-mode, Vim (yes, both—Emacs and Vim), Firefox, Signal, and LaTeX. Here is more about the tools I use.

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

    I like ThinkPads. I’d love to switch to a laptop similar to FairPhone, but as far as I know there is no such project for laptops yet (unfortunately). So I use an X220 at home, and an E440 at work.

    I tried to install coreboot on the X220, but it failed. Maybe I will try again when I have more time.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?


Jakub Nadolny's desktop

Interview conducted August 10, 2016

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