The Linux Setup – Jona Azizaj, Student

I love when students like Jona are passionate about Linux and free and open source software. Linux spreads through peers and as I get older, I have the sense that people my age (in their 40s) probably aren’t going to switch their operating system. So it’s really up to the younger generation to recruit. Not that I’m giving up on my peers. But the odds don’t always feel great to me.

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

    I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Informatics at the University of Tirana. Meanwhile, I’m a board member of Open Labs Hackerspace, which has promoted free/libre/open source culture in Albania since 2012 (things like GNU/Linux, LibreOffice, Mozilla, Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, etc.). Furthermore, I am co-organizer of Open Source Conference Albania (OSCAL) and also part of the Fedora Project, the first Fedora Ambassador in Albania. I’m a member of The Document Foundation, and a Nextcloud and Wikipedia contributor.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    There are many reasons why I use Linux, such as cost, stability, security, flexibility, and of course, the value that comes from being open source. Linux gives you choices through a variety of distributions and those distributions can match your needs. Also, it’s exciting to be part of a community. That’s why I still use Fedora and contribute to it.

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

    I use Fedora 25 on my laptop, because it offers the latest version of applications every six months without having to fiddle with repositories or by adding unstable repos.

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

    I use GNOME because the team has a design approach that provides a user experience that’s different from Windows, OS X or even other Linux desktops. GNOME Shell has many extensions that you can try. Also, Nautilus, GNOME’s default file manager, is great, because it’s lightweight, full of features, and does its job perfectly. GNOME provides a quick and easy way to integrate your desktop applications with your online accounts and also has many applications developed specifically for it.

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

    The Firefox browser is really important to me because I work as a web developer. At my job, I have to build websites with WordPress, so the first thing that I do when I go to my office is open my browser. My browser of choice is Firefox Developer Edition. I made this choice for three reasons:

    • It’s free and open source
    • It respects my privacy
    • It’s backed by Mozilla, the non-profit organization whose mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.
  6. What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?

    I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T410 laptop with an Intel i5 2520M CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, and Intel HD 3000 graphics. The laptop has a 14.1″ LED screen and has a max resolution of 1600×900. It has USB 3.0 support and DVD-RW drive. Fedora boots up in less than five seconds on this build.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Yes, sure!

Interview conducted December 24, 2016

The Linux Setup is a feature where I interview people about their Linux setups. The concept is borrowed, if not outright stolen, from this site. If you’d like to participate, drop me a line.

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