François is from Purism, a company which makes Linux laptops, as well as its own version of Linux. It’s an interesting project. François is also a great interview subject in that he’s a filmmaker who is using Linux for his work.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is François, I am from France. I am director of creative at Purism, so most of my creative energy goes to Purism and promoting the copyleft philosophy. I am also a filmmaker and animator, making traditional 2D animation with computers. Some years ago I co-funded the British film production Free Seed Films and, much more recently, the non-profit organization Ethic Cinema, which aims to promote free cinematographic creations.
- Why do you use Linux?
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I use PureOS. It is the OS developed by Purism and it is based on Debian. It is actually Debian Stretch, with some add-ons for privacy and security.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
I use GNOME Shell because it is sober, clean, and very efficient, with a modern look and feel. It is also one of the best mobile/desktop convergent environments, in my opinion. Why have different habits when using different devices?
What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so important?
Do you mean Free software? If so, I would say Blender. It is one of the most amazing programs I have ever used. It’s very powerful and helped me a lot with my transition to free software. Of course, there is other software that I depend upon, like GIMP, Krita, Kdenlive, as well as FFmpeg and Firefox. What would I do without a web browser? 🙂
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
I use a Librem 13, which is a very cool laptop that helps me avoid a lot of headaches. It is fast and its motherboard has been designed by Purism to run free software, so I can update safely. With PureOS, I don’t worry about incompatibility while getting the power, robustness and freedom of Debian.
I am waiting for the 4K based Librem 15 to arrive.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Interview conducted August 21, 2016