The Linux Setup – Nate Graham, Kubuntu

I agree with everything Nate says here. In fact, I feel like I could have said all of it, although not as eloquently and not as much from a KDE perspective. Linux is a fantastic resource for people who do work on their computers. The technical world is more and more oriented to people who are passively consuming content on mobile devices. That’s a fine thing, but it doesn’t work for everyone. I’m guessing it doesn’t work for most people reading this site.

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

    I’m Nate Graham, the Kubuntu Product Manager and organizer of KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative. I blog about that and related topics at

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I use Linux because I believe it represents the last bastion of user-friendly and user-centric computing on this Earth, and I want to be a part of improving it and helping it to grow. As the major commercial players fall for the lure of mobile devices and let their desktop platforms stagnate or become spyware, it’s more important than ever that Linux be a credible alternative for busy people who actually have real work to get done.

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

    Kubuntu 17.10 with the Kubuntu backports PPA.

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

    I use KDE Plasma 5 because I believe it represents an ideal intersection of features and user-friendliness. Being built upon Qt—a high-quality industry-standard toolkit—it’s also got a very solid and maintainable foundation, which is important for the long-term health of the platform.

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

    I’d have to say KDE KRunner, which is an instant search/app launcher/utility tool like MacOS spotlight. It also does unit conversion, calculation, runs searches on specific web pages using your web browser…it’s pretty incredible. KRunner is an example of the kind of magical software that lets you enter a state of flow, where your thoughts seem to effortlessly transform into actions. It’s a mind-blowing productivity booster.

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

    An HP Spectre x360 laptop with a 13″ screen. I don’t use any additional displays or a mouse.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Interview conducted March 8, 2018

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