The Linux Setup – Nochka, Nochka’s Weekly Tech Findings

Nochka has a youthful energy to her responses. Mostly in that she’s using a lot of software I’m not familiar with! These days, I tend to stick the defaults, but now I’m curious about a lot of the things mentioned here! Specifically, Typora, since I’m always in the market for a good Markdown editor. Nochka also calls out how well Linux works for control freaks, and I have to say that I agree! Minor tweaks are usually easy to make and being able to resolve them always makes me feel better, ie, in control.

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

    I’m a 20-year-old college student from Indonesia. When I have some spare time, I also write on my blog (Nochka’s Weekly Tech Findings) about my everyday experiences using Linux and Android, such as reviews of apps I just discovered or fixes for problems I’ve just encountered. I like to think of my blog as a place where I can improve my writing skills and share my thoughts with the world.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I love the variety of choices and customization options Linux has to offer, which is a good thing for someone like me, who likes to try new things and can be a control freak sometimes.

    About a year ago, I decided to take a big leap and stopped using Windows, because Linux is capable of doing​ everything I need it to do, and all the news about Microsoft makes me appreciate the open source philosophy more. I also don’t have to worry about malware 😉

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

    I’m running Xubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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

    I use Xfce, because I don’t have the most powerful machine, yet I still want to have a pretty desktop. I also use TopMenu and Windowck plugins so I can have global app menu and window buttons on the top panel.

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

    I don’t think I can depend on only one piece of software. But I’m a heavy user of Albert, a keyboard-based launcher. It’s a big part of my workflow, and the first thing I’ll install on a new system. I also browse the internet with Firefox, take notes with Nvpy, and listen to music with Gmusicbrowser. To help with my studies, I use LibreOffice, Zotero, Goldendict, and Org-mode. For my blogging needs, I use Typora for writing drafts and Shutter for taking screenshots.

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

    I’m using a Samsung NP370R4V laptop with Intel Pentium 997 (1.6 Ghz), 4GB RAM, and 500GB of disk space. It’s still running smoothly for a four-year-old laptop with mediocre specs.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?


Interview conducted August 3, 2017

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