Writer, Linux User, Open Source Advocate, Animal Welfare Volunteer
Who are you, and what do you do?
I'm Katherine Noyes, and I write about Linux and open source technology for The Linux Foundation's Linux.com (https://www.linux.com/) as well as PCWorld (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/blogs/linuxline.html) and LinuxInsider (http://www.linuxinsider.com/), where I write the semiweekly Linux Blog Safari column in the character of “Linux Girl.” I also write about cool new business ideas for Springwise (http://www.springwise.com/), as well as squeezing in as many stories for TechNewsWorld's Space (http://www.technewsworld.com/perl/section/technology/space/) section as time allows. Finally, I have a page on a site called Volunteer Guide dedicated to helping animals (http://www.volunteerguide.org/opportunities/animals), which is another passion of mine.
What hardware are you using?
I work at home, and my primary machine is an Asus CM5570 desktop with a 2.6GHz E5300 Pentium dual-core processor and 6GB of RAM. It's an older machine, for sure, but since I mostly just use it for word processing and the web, it's been great for me. I've also got an old laptop sitting around and am hoping to buy a netbook or ultrabook soon.
And what software?
On my desktop I've got a dual-boot setup with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 and Windows 7. I use LibreOffice for my writing, Firefox for the web, Thunderbird for email and GIMP for working with images. I'm also a Pandora junkie and listen to music pretty much all day while I'm writing.
This is probably already obvious, but I should add that I'm a huge fan of open source software. I think it's part of a larger trend toward more openness, transparency and accountability in society as a whole, and it's changing our world (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/225312/how_openness_is_changing_the_world.html) for the better.
What would be your dream setup?
My needs are pretty simple and I've been really happy with my setup for years, but I'm starting to think more portability would be nice. On my next setup I think I'm also going to skip the Windows partition and go Linux exclusively. The biggest thing I'm missing right now, however, is Pandora in my car -- need to make that happen! ;)
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