The Linux Setup – Chris O’Donnell, Promet Source

Chris’ interview is short and sweet. Like Chris, I’m constantly impressed by LibreOffice. In the past, I tried to work around Word issues by saving files as RTFs and trying to keep files simple, but LibreOffice handles things, like track changes, like a pro. I haven’t used Cinnamon in quite a while, but similarly to Chris, I have a fondness for its old-school GNOME 2 look.

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

    I’m Chris O’Donnell. I do business development for Promet Source, which is an open source consulting firm.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    Originally, it was just curiosity and learning something new. Over time I became a true believer in open source and got involved with my local Linux user group. Now open source is my career as well as my passion.

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

    Linux Mint 17.3.

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

    Cinnamon. Mostly because it was the Mint default, but it does remind me of Gnome 2.x, which is nice.

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

    My employer is primarily a Drupal shop, so I pay my bills with Drupal. On the personal side, I’ve been a Firefox fan since it was called Netscape, and Audacious is running on my desktop pretty much anytime I’m on my personal desktop box. Also, I haven’t owned an MS Office license in over 15 years. LibreOffice, and previously OpenOffice, have always handled what I needed to do.

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

    It’s a refurbished Dell Optiplex 7010 that I bought on eBay cheap last year.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    It’s attached.

Interview conducted May 24, 2018


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