The Linux Setup – Steve Best, The Art Directed Journal

I found Steve via this very thorough review of elementary. I played with elementary years and years ago and it didn’t feel right for my workflow, but it seems like it’s picking up more and more steam. I should probably give it another chance someday. And I definitely hear Steve on the pragmatism of Linux. There are philosophical reasons for choosing free and open source tools, but there are also practical ones. Neither is more valid than the other.

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

    I’m Steve Best, and I have a site that is really more of a hobby than anything else called The Art Directed Journal. I use it to practice/experiment with HTML and CSS, as well as improve my writing skills. By profession, I’m in cyber security, and Linux does cross-over somewhat into my day-to-day.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I have used Linux in varying capacities since 2004. I use Linux for all the stereotypical reasons. It’s fast, secure, and free. I’m not against Microsoft or Apple, but I like to use what works. Right now desktop Linux is what works for me. I have found that with my current hardware set up, Windows is just a bit too much in terms of system requirements to be anything other than frustrating. This is an older piece I wrote, which explains my “why” for Linux more in-depth.

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

    I am currently using elementary OS (5.1).

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

    I use Pantheon, which comes default on elementary. It is actually one of the main reasons I use elementary. It is fast, fluid, and it makes my old hardware run like new.

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

    I have come to rely greatly on Code, which is the default code editor on elementary. It is very lightweight, but yet extremely feature-filled. It is another of the main reasons I use elementary. Anything else I can do on my iPhone.

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

    My personal laptop is a very old HP Pavilion with a dual core i5 and 4GB RAM. For a number of reasons, I have just never replaced it, nor do I have any plans to do so in the near future. I really need a new battery, more RAM, and a solid state drive. I’ll eventually get around to upgrading these things on it. However, my iPhone 11 is probably my most used “computer,” in terms of my personal use.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    The wallpaper is from Windows 10x, which I downloaded off Twitter. 🙂

Interview conducted January 26, 2020


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