Like Roxy, I’m a big LXDE fan. It’s so light and quite configureable. Roxy is also a command line enthusiast, so it’s no surprise to see terminal listed as an essential program. It’s also interesting that Roxy has only had Linux laptops and servers until recently. Anecdotally it seems like some computer users are migrating to desktops, rather than using a laptop for everything. As a home desktop user, I approve of this migration. I love a big, comfortable keyboard and screen that you can’t really move.
- Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m a Linux command line enthusiast! I currently work for Hurricane Labs as a security architect and I specialize in vulnerability management. I also create content related to the command line, so if you want to see my “#1LinuxThingADay” or other Linux stuff from me, you can do so on Twitter. I’m @theroxyd.
Why do you use Linux?
I’ve never really been much of a Windows user except to get things done and log off. When I discovered Linux and that I could do whatever I wanted from the command line much easier than any Windows experience I have ever had, I was hooked. I’m obsessed with finding more and more things I can do with Linux.
It just makes sense to me more than any other operating system I’ve used. I like to try different distros, so I’m all about Linux in its many flavors.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
For my desktop, I’m using Lubuntu with LXDE. I also have a cute purple HP Stream that I’ve just put Debian on and I’m using that to develop the command line workshop I’m creating now. Ubuntu and Debian are perfect for my desktop and laptop. Although I’m a Linux nerd, I like to keep it simple when it comes to personal computing.
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
LXDE. I love how simple and lightweight it is. Especially because my desktop has an Intel chip!
What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so important?
When I’m not surfin’ the web, I’m using terminal. I guess that should come as no surprise given that I enjoy the command line so much.
A recent discovery for me is Shotcut, which is video editing software. I’m hoping to use this more because I want to start making videos which is something I haven’t really used my Linux desktop for previously.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
I’m not much of a hardware nerd so I don’t even remember. I’m using a secondhand computer with an Intel Core i5-3330 CPU that had Windows on it.
It’s now my first Linux desktop. Every other Linux OS I had was either on a laptop or server, and I went without a desktop for a long time.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Here’s my desktop screenshot.
Interview conducted February 7, 2018