The Linux Setup – Jared Nielsen, Dototot

Jared’s brother was recently featured here on The Linux Setup. Both use Mint and Cinnamon and both rely on the terminal. My question is if this is nature or nurture? In general, it’s so interesting that within the Linux world, people often say they want a desktop that ‘stays out of the way,’ yet we all have different concepts of what that means.

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

    My name is Jared Nielsen. I’m co-founder and producer at Dototot. We create educational media using Linux exclusively and FOSS when possible. We’re currently producing The Hello World Program and branching out into physical, interactive installations.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I’m a maker and hacker and subscribe to the motto, ‘if you can’t open it, you don’t own it.’ I run Linux because it allows me a level of customization and control that isn’t available with Windows or OS X.

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

    Mint 17.2 on my desktop and 18 on my laptop.

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

    Cinnamon. It’s clean and minimal, but not so minimal that I can’t find what I need. When I build a new rig or upgrade the operating system, I want to get to work as quickly as possible. Out-of-the-box, Cinnamon is exactly what I need. The design is classic and the window management is perfect for my workflow. I really only customize it by turning off sound notifications and changing the date/time default.

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

    Is Terminal too obvious? It allows me to accomplish basic tasks much faster and with greater ease than the GUI. It’s also the means by which I access other essential and important tools such as avconv, ImageMagick, and vim.

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

    I built this desktop in January of 2015, with these components:

    • AMD FX 8370 CPU
    • ASUS M5A99FX PRO motherboard
    • 32GB AMD Performance DDR3 RAM
    • Dual GTX 780 Ti GPUs
    • Samsung 256GB SSD boot drive
  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Jared Nielsen's desktop

Interview conducted August 19, 2016


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