The Linux Setup - Valorie Zimmerman, KDE Project
Who are you, and what do you do?
Hello, I’m Valorie Zimmerman, born Valorie Cowan. Besides raising children, I’ve done lots of things, and right now am fortunate to be able to spend most of my time in free and open software, especially in building community, and doing some documentation. This has even crowded out genealogy from my schedule lately. I’ve recently become more active in KDE, now serving as part of the Community Working Group. I’m also an active Kubuntu Member, and part of the Ubuntu-Women project. I continue to give props to the Linuxchix, who were my initial support in my move into the Linux world, even when I was still using a Windows box.
What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?
I run Kubuntu on both my main laptop and my new little netbook (yay for ZaReason!).
What software do you depend upon with this distribution?
My favorite software is Amarok, followed closely by Konversation, Konsole, Kate, and Firefox. I occasionally try other browsers, but so far, keep returning to FF.
What kind of hardware do you run it on?
My workhorse laptop is an HP dual-core, a couple of years old. It is sufficient to run all my software, and occasionally build Amarok, Phonon, or other software I am testing.
What is your ideal Linux setup?
While my focus isn’t technical, I’m finding Kubuntu as a distro to be nearly ideal. Not only is it beautiful, but I love the applications from KDE. And I find both the Kubuntu development team and the KDE folks to be tremendous to work with. I was initially drawn to the Ubuntu community because of the friendliness to non-technical people, and the Code of Conduct (CoC). I was delighted to find my favorite, KDE, also has a CoC. I like participating in a team with strong social standards.
Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?