About Me

My name is Paul and I hail from Northern Ireland. I work in the IT sector in voice infrastructure, helping to keep the lights on for a large US-based company with offices in several countries around the world.

I have been using Linux on my personal computers since 2009 when I made the move from Windows Vista; I was doing a CCNA course and remarked to a classmate that I wasn’t thrilled with the newly released Windows Vista. The individual mentioned this thing called “Linux” to me, and I was intrigued, so I went home and did some googling (yes I used Google at that time). The first distribution I came across was Fedora, which I downloaded and put on a live USB to see what was what. I played around for a while but something didn’t sit quite right, so I kept googling and came across the “Linux for human beings” distribution called Ubuntu. I played with Ubuntu for a month or so on live USB and became smitten, so when the Ubuntu 9.10 was released, I decided to install it. That was it, I haven’t looked back since.

I happily ran Ubuntu or Xubuntu for many years until 2016 when I started to fancy a change. I did some “distro hopping” in 2016 and 2017 trying quite a lot of distributions; I tried other Ubuntu-based distributions, Debian based ones, Arch-based ones, Fedora, Solus and openSUSE before returning to Ubuntu and distributions based on Ubuntu.

Nowadays, I am much more open and pragmatic about OS choices. I happily run a Windows 11 machine, an M1 MacBook and Linux based machines. I never advocate for people to install a Linux based OS, but I am happy to offer advice and recommendations should someone ask me about potentially installing a Linux based OS on their computer.

My interests are Linux, FOSS, music, video games, food, and drink. These will be the topics for content on this site. I am by no means a Linux/FOSS expert, but I have thoughts and opinions, and I thought it could be useful to share them with you. I am not a developer or sysadmin, so the perspective I put forward will be a user perspective. Hopefully, I can start wider conversations, and/or share my insights and knowledge with others because I believe that knowledge should be accessible to all.

My Hardware

Laptop 1

  • Model: Dell Inspiron 16
  • CPU: Ryzen 7 with Radeon Graphics
  • RAM: 16GB
  • SSD: 512GB NVME
  • OS: Ubuntu
  • Name: tara

Laptop 2

  • Model: Apple MacBook Air (2020)
  • OS: macOS
  • Name: angel

My PC Specs

  • CPU: Ryzen 7 1700X
  • GPU: Radeon RX 580 8gb
  • RAM: 32gb DDR4
  • SSD: Samsung Evo 850 250gb
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2tb
  • OS: Windows 11
  • Name: buffy

My Guest PC

  • CPU: Intel i5
  • GPU: Intel integrated 520
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • HDD: 1tb
  • OS: Ubuntu Mate
  • Name: willow

Gaming

  • Console: Xbox Series S
  • Hostname: dawn
  • Console: Playstation 5
  • Hostname: faith
  • Handheld: Nintendo Switch
  • Name: anya

Mobile Phone

  • Model: iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Name: giles

Tablet

  • Model: iPad (8th Gen)
  • Name: spike

Audio

Headphones:

  • Sennheiser HD 660S
  • AKG K712 pro
  • Yamaha HPH-MT220
  • AirPods 3rd Gen

DAC: ifi zen

Mic: AKG D5 dynamic mic

Interface: Behringer UMC22