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+Debian Project Leader Neil McGovern! "In the free software world, communication is all-important, and IRC is a great resource to just chat with people."
Neil is being modest when he calls Debian Project Leader a figurehead position. The reality is he coordinates a lot of work. Linux Voice did a nice interview with him and one of the things that came...
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"I like Xfce because it is so configurable. Unity has become more configurable, but it still isn’t flexible enough and tends not to work well on a lot of the older hardware we work with."
Charles and I have the same reasons for using Linux. He says it’s easier than Windows and OS X which is something a lot of people have a hard time believing. But Linux systems upgrade easily and in...
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" In fact, people (wrongly) dismissed netbooks as toys. I’ve recorded pro production audio using them, as well as created custom design/graphics, done 3D modeling, written software, done publication work…"
I’ve said this before, but anyone who can do audio production on Linux really impresses me, so I am knocked out that Duffy uses Linux for voiceover work. I’m even more impressed it’s done on a...
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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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"+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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"What sets Linux apart for me is the package management. I’ve always used Ubuntu/Debian-based systems, so I’m used to apt, but what makes it great for me goes beyond apt versus whatever else. When I need to do something, I Google it, and usually there’s something in apt that will do what I need."
Jon talks about wiping his hard drive every six months or so to keep his system fresh. Back in my distro-hopping days I would also have new installs every few months and things did seem to run well....
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"Windows simply doesn’t have the feature set or security I want. Mac OS X is too locked-down for my tastes, and also lacks a number of features. Both try to lock me into their own worlds too much. With Debian, I can use my system the way I want to."
John makes a great case for xmonad. I’ve long thought about moving to a tiling window manager and xmonad might be the one to try. Even more impressively, John’s young kids use it. He’s also a Debian...
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"I do all my work on a single, small laptop. It runs Ubuntu—whatever version is reasonably current. I like Ubuntu because it Just Works."
Beth’s Linux journey is a lot like mine. I don’t like to get under the hood or tweak too much but I love that I can if I have to. And just as Beth likes Linux because it stays out of her way, I also...
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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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