The Linux Setup – Lee Blue, Web Developer/Online Marketer

Lee, among other things, is the developer behind Texpander, a way to turn abbreviations into full-blown blocks of text, sparing you the wear and tear of typing the same things over and over again. Lee is also a Unity fan, or at least he was in November, before Canonical announced they were switching Ubuntu back to GNOME.

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

    I do a couple things. I run a few online businesses and focus on online marketing and e-commerce. There are more details on my site.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I really like the level of control you get with Linux. If something doesn’t work quite like you want it to, you can usually write something yourself in just a couple lines of code—like Texpander.

    I’ve gotten a fair amount of interest in the way of emails and even a few Github pull requests for Texpander, which has been fun.

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

    I’ve tried a few other distros, but the default Ubuntu seems to work the best on my Oryx Pro. I don’t know how to explain it, but for whatever reason even other desktop environments that build on Ubuntu are less stable on my Oryx Pro than the normal Ubuntu it ships with. For example, Audacity crashes and freezes a lot more even on Ubuntu GNOME or Linux Mint.

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

    For the above reason of stability, I generally just use Unity. I’ve tried Cinnamon and GNOME, and like both of them better in terms of their visual appeal, but the Oryx Pro really seems to like the base Ubuntu/Unity setup. So, I just stick with Unity and install the Numix theme and icon set. That makes things look a little better. I also like the Arc theme, but generally keep falling back to Numix. It seems to be the most comprehensive and all the apps seem to work great with the Numix theme and icons. Sometimes the Arc theme would make some apps look a little wonky.

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

    The one piece of software that I couldn’t use Linux without is Google Chrome. I rely on a lot of Google services and without Chrome it just wouldn’t be possible to get things done. I’m constantly on Hangouts, sharing docs in Google Docs, etc. As far as native Linux apps, I use GitKraken a fair amount with BitBucket and GitHub, but I spend the vast majority of my time in Vim and on the command line.

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

    I have an Oryx Pro laptop from System76.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Here’s a screenshot of me in Vim with Toggl opened up for tracking time.

Interview conducted November 21, 2016


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