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The Linux Setup - Ruji Chapnik, Artist

I noticed Ruji in the March 2012 edition of Linux Journal, where she wrote a cool article about playing and managing music from the console. Having interviewed her, I can say my instinct that she would be interesting was spot-on—Ruji runs Sabayon Xfce, a setup I myself enjoyed for a while.

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  1. Who are you, and what do you do?

    I’m Ruji Chapnik. I’m a freelancer and Linux hobbyist. As far as what I “do” goes, I suppose you could call me an artist; I have a bachelor’s degree in art, anyway. Lately I’ve been posting satirical comics at dondepresso.tumblr.com. You can find out more about me at rujic.net.

  2. What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?

    I have two laptops, a 13” MacBook Pro and a Lenovo G770. Both are running Sabayon Linux. Both are also set up to dual-boot, but I rarely use Windows on my Lenovo. I do use Mac OS X for Final Cut Pro, which is my go-to nonlinear video editing program.

  3. What software do you depend upon with this distribution?

    I’ve played with different desktop environments and have settled with Xfce on both systems. I used Gnome 2 in the past and switched to KDE for a long while last year, but later I wanted something zippier.

    Some of the software I find essential for daily use

    1. Terminator: The best terminal emulator in the world. I’m addicted to making little boxes inside it.
    2. GIMP: Needs no introduction.
    3. gedit: I use it for all my notes. Sometimes I use different highlight modes to organize my thoughts; for instance, in C++ mode, my numbered lists show up in color. I don’t actually edit code in gedit.
    4. DeaDBeeF: I just started using this music player when I was getting annoyed with Amarok’s interface. I customized the colors of the GUI and made it look all psychedelic and crazy and stuff.
    5. Xfrun4: Yep, that’s right. The popup “run” dialog. I’ve customized my keyboard shortcuts so that hitting CTRL+SPACE opens Xfrun4. This saves me a lot of time when opening applications.
  4. What kind of hardware do you run it on?

    MacBook Pro 5,5 (13”) with 4GB RAM and 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Lenovo G770 (17.3”) with 8GB RAM and 2.50 GHz Intel Core i5-2450M processor.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    The most comfortable setup I’ve had was a year or two ago, when I was running Sabayon Linux on my MacBook Pro with Gnome 2. I used Compiz Fusion as my window manager, which was awesome. I set it up to do all kinds of neat 3D tricks when I moved windows or switched workplaces.

    Running Linux on a Mac can be a pain in the ass when it comes to using the iSight camera and playing audio; Mac hardware often doesn’t play nicely with Linux. I haven’t had these problems with Linux on my Lenovo. It was such a relief that I didn’t have to tweak the hell out of my ALSA settings to get the audio working.

    The setup on my Lenovo is pretty close to ideal, but I miss some things about Gnome 2. I don’t want to use an obsolete desktop environment, though, and I don’t care much for Gnome 3—so the best thing seems to be Xfce. At some point when I’m not feeling lazy, I’ll install CairoDock, which I prefer to Xfce’s built-in toolbars.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Ruji Chapnik's desktop

Interview conducted March 25, 2012


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Linux Setup - Fabio Erculiani, Sabayon Linux

Fabio Erculiani is the man behind Sabayon Linux, a fantastic, rolling distribution based upon Gentoo (but much easier to manage). My thoughts on Sabayon are here. Fabio does a lot of different things on Sabayon, from the desktop to the server level. You have to appreciate a person that eats his own cooking.

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  1. Who are you, and what do you do?

    I’m Fabio Erculiani, the founder and leader of Sabayon Linux. But I’m also a computer scientist and freelance software engineer (I speak any language) with a strong background in Linux environments.

  2. What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop?

    My main desktop is running Sabayon.

    My laptop is running, surprise surprise, Sabayon.

    My home server is running Sabayon.

    Our infra servers are running Sabayon.

    Did I mention Sabayon?

  3. What software do you depend upon with this distribution?

    Mainly GNOME, screen, and gnome-terminal ;-)

    Besides those, I use what anybody else would use: LibreOffice, Chromium as web browser (<3!), etc…

  4. What kind of hardware do you run it on?

    Let’s see, my current desktop PC is composed of:
    Case Coolermaster Cosmos (super silent)
    Intel Core i5 750
    8GB RAM DDR3
    750GB RAID1 array
    Nvidia GeForce GTX465 from Point of View
    Two Samsung 20” LCD screens

    My laptop is a simple 13” MacBook, late 2008, with 500GB HD and 6GB RAM.

  5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

    GNOME, Nvidia GPUs, and multi-monitor. Last but not least, a gazillion GBs of RAM.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

    My desktop is a default Sabayon desktop. The same you can find on Sabayon Live images.

Fabio Erculiani desktop

Interview conducted August 15, 2011


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Saturday, November 12, 2011 Friday, November 4, 2011 Friday, October 28, 2011 Monday, October 24, 2011

Updating Your Kernel in Sabayon

I didn’t realize that while Sabayon is a rolling distribution, the kernel needs to be manually updated (disturbingly, more and more of my knowledge seems to be coming from reddit…).

I decided to update my kernel today because suspend has never worked on my T420 and I figured a kernel upgrade would do the trick.

It actually wasn’t too bad. Sabayon has a built-in kernel upgrade tool. Details on it can be found here. This post has the easiest-to-understand (for me) command syntax: kernel-switcher switch sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-3.0-r10.

I ran the update, checked everything, and it worked. And now I can suspend!

I’m not sure I’ll ever upgrade the kernel again.


Monday, October 3, 2011