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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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"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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"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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"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 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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"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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"+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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"...I do think KDE would be weaker without Kubuntu and I think Ubuntu would be too."
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"When I finally finished university, I found that my Linux knowledge really helped when looking for jobs and so I continued to use the OS on any machine I was issued. I have found that running the same (or similar) operating system as the servers/environments I’m responsible for really helps me in my work."
I like Peter’s story because Linux led to job opportunities. Now of course, there are many, many reasons to use Linux other than career prospects, but the fact that there’s a practical benefit to...
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