Silvia’s setups are interesting because of their variety. Multiple desktops and distributions factor into Silvia’s day-to-day work, which I find impressive (twice as many commands to remember!). I also like the amount of programming and artistic work that gets done across the different machines. It illustrates the versatility of Linux quite nicely.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Silvia Sánchez and I’m a Fedora Ambassador since 2015. I contribute to the Fedora Project mainly with QA Testing and translations. I work as a freelance webmaster and developer. In my spare time I paint and take photos.
Why do you use Linux?
Short answer: Because it’s better.
Long answer: My first computer, some 12 years ago, had Linux pre-installed. It was love at first sight! Everything worked as intended and I could do literally anything with the computer. From that moment on, I kept jumping from one distribution to another as I changed computers and places, until I found one or two distros that fit my needs.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I have a laptop running Fedora 27 and a netbook with Debian Testing.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
I use KDE Plasma 5 on Fedora and Xfce with Plank dock on Debian Testing.
I use Xfce because it is light, highly configurable and looks pretty with Plank. I use KDE because it is even more configurable than Xfce, looks beautiful, and has everything I need, and a bit more.
Both are stable and fit my workflow well.
What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so important?
Firefox, GIMP, Shotwell, and PyCharm Community Edition. Firefox for browsing, as a great deal of what I do is online, and I need a good, safe and reliable browser. Because it’s open source, I can be sure that it won’t do shady things.
I use GIMP and Shotwell together for image/photo editing, because the two of them basically cover everything I need related to the arts.
I use PyCharm for coding, because it’s perfect.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
My laptop is a Dell Latitude E6500, 4GB RAM, dual core, Nvidia, 500GB HDD. My netbook is an Acer Aspire One, Atom N450 single core, 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Yes, of course, one per setup.
Interview conducted November 29, 2017