The Linux Setup – Emma Marshall, System76

I’m behind in my interviews. I interviewed Emma back in October, which is why she references Unity so much (Ubuntu announced it was shutting Unity down back in April). I have no doubt she’ll like GNOME just as much, though. As Emma points out, the beauty of Linux is that you can change your desktop environment. Sometimes by choice, and sometimes not…

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

    I’m Emma from System76, which is a company that builds computers born to run Ubuntu. I wear quite a few hats but my main responsibilities are customer-facing. I do individual sales, technical support and customer service at System76. I lead the Colorado Ubuntu Local Team and organize events for Ubuntu releases. You could say I’m a go-to person to help people make the switch from Windows to Linux. My main goal every day is to switch as many people to Linux as possible.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I use Linux because I don’t like anything about Windows. I wanted to use the word ‘hate’ but I don’t want to bash anyone that tried to advance technology…

    I like being able to change my desktop environment and love the comfort of privacy which I can’t find anywhere else but Linux. And, the word free is rampant in the Linux world…and who doesn’t like free? Whether it’s monetary or user-based, free is the only way to go when it comes to software.

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

    I am using Ubuntu 16.04 at home and work.

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

    Ubuntu Unity. I’ve tried other environments but Unity is just what I need. I don’t find myself needing more and the search-based HUD/Dash is my favorite feature. Seriously, tapping the Ubuntu key (or clicking on the Ubuntu icon if you don’t have a System76 PC) on your System76 computer is like going on Google but only pulling up your local results from your PC. It helps people who switch, to find everything easily. I couldn’t imagine using a computer without Ubuntu Unity.

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

    The web browser is what I use the most so I can communicate with the world. I love Firefox and Chrome.

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

    At home, I use a Kudu Professional with Intel Core i7-4900MQ CPU @2.80GHz with 8GB RAM @1600 Mhz and a 120GB SSD.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?


Interview conducted October 13, 2016

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