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My Linux Rig

I got the idea to post up the computer setup I'm using from MyLinuxRig, which is itself a derivative of The Setup which outlines what successful people use to get things done. So without too much fuss, here's my Linux Rig questionnaire! This is what I use to get stuff done.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I'm Jeff Hendricks. During the day, I am a technical writer for the Manufacturing Engineering department of a major agricultural equipment manufacturer. By night, I'm a writer and musician. On the weekends, I organize and lead the music in our local church.

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

I'm currently running Ubuntu Studio 12.04, probably will upgrade to 13.04 for testing/documentation purposes. I started off with Red Hat 7.3 years ago, migrated to SuSE for a few years, and then settled on Ubuntu somewhere around 2008. When I discovered Ubuntu Studio in 2010, I knew I had found what I was looking for.

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

Ubuntu Studio is geared towards audio, video, graphic, and creative production in general. For music, I use Ardour, Hydrogen, SooperLooper, and a bunch of other tools... LMMS is nice, Rakarrak, and so on. Ubuntu Studio comes with just about everything you'd need for music production already installed and configured.

For writing, I use the Linux Beta of Scrivener, from Literature and Latte. I also use WriteOrDie (with Adobe Air) for those stubborn days of writer's block.

For productivity I use Dropbox, Evernote (running in Wine), Lastpass, XMarks, Thunderbird, and LibreOffice occasionally. I use a lot of Google Chrome plugins too, especially CloudPrint, XMarks and LastPass. I use Evernote Clearly on a daily basis to read news articles without all the garbage ads and sidebars.

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

I've got an inexpensive HP 625 laptop, I upgraded it to 8GB of RAM. It's not that fast, and the touchpad on it is very iffy... otherwise, it's rock solid, haven't had a problem with it. Does everything I want it to. If I upgrade in the future, I'll probably go with a higher-end HP with a better chipset. (I'm also HP repair tech certified, so fixing those laptops is a piece of cake)

5. What is your ideal Linux setup?

I think an HP Elitebook 2170p (I've used these, they're very nice!) would be perfect with an SSD and 8+ GB of memory. It's got ridiculous battery life (around 8 hours with the extended battery) and it's very portable, yet packs full-size laptop performance. And everything is Linux-compatible. It'd be perfect with a docking station and dual 22" monitors! The only downside is that is uses Intel graphics... not my first choice. It wouldn't be for gaming, though, so it's okay.

6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

Here's a shot of my desktop running Native Instrument's Guitar Rig 5 under Wine using ASIO drivers.

GuitarRig 5



What is a computer if you can't have fun with it? Here's some games I play on my Linux machine when I'm not working! Some I got from the Humble Indie Bundle, some from Steam, some I bought direct. All are native Linux versions.

Posted by Jeff Hendricks

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  1. Did you HP Elitebook 2170p with linux? I whould like to get one but I cannot find many info about compatibility 🙁

  2. I have installed Linux on a 2170p at work, it works perfectly. The only thing I didn’t try to get working was the fingerprint scanner, but everything else worked perfectly.

  3. Well, actually, now that I think about it, it was a 2160p that I used… Linux has worked fine on all xx30, xx40, and xx60 Elitebooks I’ve tried it on. I don’t see a problem with the xx70 series unless you have to do something weird to get around the protected boot feature, which I think you can turn off in BIOS.

  4. Thank you. I don’t think that I’ll never use the fingerprint scanner, but the smartcard reader may be usefull.
    The protected boot should not be a problem whith fedora >= 18.

    Thank you again

  5. Hello,

    I’m trying desperately to set up Guitar Rig on an ArchLinux machine, but I can’t figure out how..
    I’ve completed the installation, but in the routing tab, I can’t see anything but “not connected” on every item…

    Can you tell me step by step how you set JACK and WineASIO up ?

    Thank you very much in advance !

  6. Well, in Ubuntu, there’s a pre-compiled package for WineASIO. I just had to install the package, install GR5 (in wine) and then go to GR’s setup and set the ASIO settings to default devices. In Arch, I don’t know if there’s a precompiled version of WineASIO (doing a quick search, I couldn’t find one). You may have to compile it yourself if not: However, if you need more specifics, I’ll see what I can do to help.

  7. Outstanding Jeff , a buudy of mine is a dept.head of it at a local college and w/ all the cruch-work he had when made my struggle w/ “vista home” he handed me ubuntu . I’m having a fun but what you got is inspiring . I.m a musician who has a study in the house devoted to it . I’m just over noobie on tech level installing w/ apt-get ..learning lol trial and ubuntu go hand in hand . ok 1st verse ; Dell latitude D830 currently running 14.04.02LTS
    home wifi (through directv cuz I/m in the cut) would like to check out the jack system and put the eband away for a bit . I keep getting memory loc notices from guitarix I know about adour and that i have a dual core in this dell . your thoughts would be welcomed . Oh and I’m a chef ..
    wanna help me cook ? around here you say red hat and people start looking for a group of old women !!

  8. If Jack is giving you memory lock errors, you probably need to install the “Lowlatency” or “Realtime” kernel. Then check your Jack settings. I use Guitarix quite a bit now, got a few posts on it. I’ll be doing more with it as I get time. Thanks for reading!

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