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"I’ll confess I don’t exclusively use Linux (I have a Mac for work), but I do use it because I like the deep-level of control it allows me and all the nerdy stuff I can do with it."
Sam is a designer for elementary OS, which is very impressive since elementary is one of the nicest looking Linux distributions out there. It’s also nice to see a designer using Linux to work. I also...
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"I cannot imagine using a closed-source product at all these days. The ability to report issues, look at the source, and propose and build fixes, is invaluable. Everything I need to get my work done is available in the free software world."
Kevin goes back and forth between GNOME and Xfce, which I think is very cool. It’s like being bilingual. I also appreciate Kevin’s work on Rawhide, Fedora’s rolling repository. I’ve had some problems...
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+Jaimito Aleman Agreed, great stuff.
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"+Arch Linux, for me, is about minimizing abstraction and just providing the building blocks I need to construct a customized working environment."
Jason’s setup is very detailed. His email setup is amazing, using around 15 separate programs to keep everything together. It’s the Unix philosophy at work. Jason points out it’s way more work than...
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"I also find all of the programs I would use under Windows have an easy equivalent on Linux and some things, like Htop, don’t have a Windows equivalent that works as well. "
Brendan’s setup is fantastic because he readily admits it’s overkill for LXDE. Which isn’t entirely true, as he’s running tons of virtual machines with it. And we all know VMs can take up all kinds of...
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"I like to hang around in the waste room of my building. Here in Sweden, where I am based at the moment, wealth is good and people like to buy stuff. I’ve found many abandoned computers in there..."
Set is a musician using Linux which is the Holy Grail of Linux use. He doesn’t seem to have any issues using Ubuntu Studio for his work, which is encouraging. Linux handles music production better and...
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LOVE these articles, keep them coming!!
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"...I do think KDE would be weaker without Kubuntu and I think Ubuntu would be too."
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A MATE user: "I want my development box to be super fast and without distractions so I like running the bare minimum whilst remaining functional for most uses. I know I could use Xfce and others but I’m used to a GNOME 2.0-style desktop environment and actually really like it!"
A MATE user! Choice is important in Linux because there are so many desktop work styles. Some might call MATE old-fashioned but it’s popular because that’s how lots of people like to work. Bobby is...
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Thank you for sharing.  This is one of the (many) things I've always loved about Linux.  You get to customize your perfect working environment and it's fairly easy to carry over from one machine or install to another over time, or even share to your other machines so you always have your desktop your way where ever you log in on your network.
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"Linux fits my temperament. I’ve always been a tinkerer. I tear things apart, I fix things, I make things, and I make them to suit me. It’s way more fun to tinker than to just buy things and push buttons."
So Carla is awesome and I want to be her friend. She’s got a wide variety of interests and they’re all fascinating. But her non-Linux interests aside, her Linux philosophy mirrors mine: create a...
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"I’m not particularly desktop-religious, but +GNOME  has served me well. I’ve been through two flirtations with KDE, and I think it’s really powerful for some uses, but I keep coming back to GNOME."
I’m not going to pretend Ruth isn’t a technical user, because she’s the author of Raspberry Pi Hacks so obviously, she has technical skills. But when you look at what she uses her computer for, it’s...
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"... KDE ... I think it’s really powerful for some uses, but I keep coming back to GNOME."

I've felt exactly the same about my KDE, but I'm extremely happy that we have choice, rather than being limited to one single desktop for all needs and people.  I can choose the desktop that fits my need the best (OpenElec for my media center, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, LXQt, Gnome, or Cinnamon for my desktop, SteamOS, RatPoison, or AwesomeWM for my gaming rig, etc.).

On other platforms that requires a ton of hackery and third-party software purchases.  I'd rather spend my money on new hardware and worthwhile commercial software than waste it on addons and upgrades just to make my operating system tolerable.  :)
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"I used to distro-hop a lot, but I settled down after switching to Arch around six years ago. A rolling distro is an absolute must for me, and the package format is so simple that making custom packages is really quick. "
Graeme is the person behind FocusWriter, a great writing tool. Like a lot of people I interview, he appreciates the flexibility of Linux, in terms of having options for different types of programs....
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Hey Graeme Gott, your software are really good ; Whisker Menu, Kapov, FocusWriter , Thanks! ( I was also happy to see the Whisker menu part of last release of XFCE, a big user-friendly evolution , imo ). Good read about this interview and nice to see your setup!
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"I’ve dabbled with other distributions over the years. I started with Slackware, but switched to Red Hat Linux pretty quickly. I’ve also tried Mandrake, Debian, Gentoo, and Arch—oh, and of course CentOS and RHEL—but I keep coming back to Fedora as my favorite, both for the technology and for the community. And now, of course, I’m fortunate enough that it’s part of my job!"
I met Matthew at LinuxCon 2013 and have been hounding him for an interview ever since then. He’s worth the wait, though. He really gets under the hood of his GNOME setup and he has some great things...
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I started with redhat, I have found that for self-learning ubuntu is awsome, then you can take what you know back to fedora or whatever you are stuck with
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"I have a lot of reasons why I use Linux, but if I have to name one it’s probably the fact that programming (especially C) is so much more fun on Linux. The tools are better, and many of the tools I’m using won’t even work on Windows very well."
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Couldn't agree more ☺
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