Akash reached out to me through the contact form, and I’m very grateful! Akash is a distro-hopper, which I respect. I very rarely change distros now. I wouldn’t mind if Ubuntu went to a ten-year long-term support cycle. Things run so well now, I never feel the need to change, where a while back, sometimes it felt easier to start over with a new distribution. I hope I haven’t jinxed myself!
- Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m an avid Linux user who ditched Windows for some unknown reason, trying to make my life fully compatible with free and open source software. I’m a distro-hopper, a hardware enthusiast, blogger, and, in my leisure time, a console gamer. I was introduced to Linux back in mid-2008 by a school friend. I’m a senior support networking specialist currently working on the outskirts of Navi Mumbai, India.
Why do you use Linux?
I’ve been primarily using Linux on the desktop for 11 years, starting the day I was introduced to a shiny new desktop in those old, golden days. I started with Gentoo Linux; it immediately stole my heart and I fell in love with it almost instantly. I started using Linux as my primary machine. I also tried Ubuntu 9.04 on my aging hardware. I had no clue about using the terminal, and just stuck to the graphical interface, but I kept Gentoo as a secondary boot option under GRUB.
I would classify myself as a Linux pragmatist, rather than a Linux idealist. I use Linux because the workflow and speed better suit my needs. I still believe that *nix is simple and it takes a genius to understand its simplicity. I love the flexibility that the operating system provides. The community, openness, and lack of malware is a bonus, plus all the bells and whistles that a distribution can throw at you, for free of course. 🙂
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
Fedora 31 is on my desktop and Peppermint 10 on my laptop. However there are a few other operating systems which I keep in my arsenal for my testing as I prefer installing them and dual or multi-booting them, rather than taking them for a VM spin. Parrot, Mint, Lubuntu, Bodhi, and Q4OS (based on Debian Stable) do come to the party, as I’m a distro-hopping freak!
What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?
Initially I was a GNOME 2 fanatic, because of its simplicity and snappiness. But I’m now happy and settled with GNOME 3, as there is vast amount of community support, big names in the game are funding it, and it seems to be rock solid, with performance-enhancements and tweaks rolling over into every release.
What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so important?
I cannot live without a GUI-based text editor and IDE. I’m not much of a command-line user in terms of getting my day-to-day work done. So gedit, Geany IDE and Sublime Text are favorites. Apart from these, I use Shutter and GIMP for graphics, and mostly the default GNOME screen capture tool for daily chores. Also, I use the terminal for system maintenance, and casually use the htop tool, as well as its GUI counterpart.
What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?
I use a Lenovo B490 laptop at work. It is equipped with an Intel Core i3-3310 processor, and a 240GB Kingston SSD. This laptop is great for day-to-day work, like surfing the Internet, blogging, and a little bit of photo editing and video editing too. Although not a professional laptop, and the specs not being that high end, it does the job perfectly.
I use a Logitech basic wireless mouse and would like to eventually get a mechanical keyboard. My custom-built desktop has the latest 7th-generation Intel i5 7400 processor, and 8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM. It’s not overkill but allows the daily chores to be easily done. I have been using this machine for a few years now.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?
Sure, here is one from Ubuntu 19.10, which I’m logged into right now, using the default terminal app, as seen in GNOME.
Interview conducted November 7, 2019