The Linux Setup – Avinash Gunessee, “regular user”

Avi reached out to me via the contact form, for which I’m eternally grateful. I’m also always happy to showcase that isn’t overly technical. Avi’s using Linux for lots of, as he puts it, “regular” things. Like so many, but not nearly enough, I’ve been working from home, which has been a real test of my own Linux rig. I’m able to make my own file format/workflow choices with personal work, but work-work often has less options. But I’ve been able to record screencasts and video chat quite easily. Office365’s web interface lets me deal with weird Word formatting issues pretty easily. I’m finding myself popping into my Windows VirtualBox less and less often.

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

    I am Avinash. I work for a major Human Capital Management company on the implementation side of things.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I am just a regular computer user: browse the web, listen to music/podcasts, play some Steam games (I am not a heavy gamer) and watch videos.

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

    I currently use Linux Mint 19.3 on my laptop. It is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and thus I know that I am fully supported until April 2023. If I need the latest and greatest software, I use a mix of Snaps, Appimages, and Flatpaks.

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

    I use Cinnamon, which is the flagship desktop of Linux Mint. I used GNOME in the past and I kind of miss the one-touch workflow with the meta key. Who knows? I might install it in the future.

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

    Mozilla Firefox is my main piece of software. I use it because it is a browser I trust to protect my privacy. I also make use of almost all its services, like bookmark/password sync, data breaches, and Facebook container.

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

    I have an Acer Swift 3 laptop which I bought last year. It has a core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB SSD.

  7. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    Sure. Nothing fancy. Simple and uncluttered.

Interview conducted May 4, 2020


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