We recently interviewed Akinsola Akinwale on how he uses Fedora. This article continues our series on the Fedora Magazine that profiles Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. Contact us on the feedback form to express your interest in becoming a interviewee.

Who is Akinsola Akinwale?

Akinsola Akinwale is a software developer with experience writing programs for mobile subscription platforms. The subscription platforms integrate with the Ericsson billing platform. He is also a Red Hat and CentOS systems administrator. Akinwale works for VAS Consulting as a Blackberry Developer Consultant to IBM Africa. In this capacity he works with odoo and SugarCRM.

Despite reading books about Linux, Akinwale didn’t know how to obtain the operating system. To learn more, he attended a Linux boot camp in 2010. There a friend gave him a copy of Fedora, which he quickly installed in VirtualBox. He says he left Windows for good when he “realized that 99% of the things I do were Linux related.”

Akinwale experiences a bit of friendly debate between Windows and Linux in his office. The Windows supporters last claimed Linux users have to grow huge beards before using a computer. Akinwale easily refuted that argument, and pointed out he only has a mustache. Despite not sporting a neck beard, Akinsola has converted many people to Linux users.

Growing up, Akinsola looked up to engineers, inventors and preachers. Akinwale held Superman in high regard because he wanted to fly. His other heroes were computer hackers in movies. His favorite food is Ewa and Dodo, also known respectively as black-eyed peas and plantains.


The Fedora community

Akinsola isn’t currently involved in the Fedora Community. However, he made the decision to take the first step during this interview. He said, “I would want to start with the Ambassadors group, because I have been encouraging people in my community to use Fedora. As a matter of fact, I registered immediately to keep myself from postponing any further.”

What hardware and software?

Akinwale uses an HP Pavilion G6 laptop equipped with a Core i5, 8 GB of Ram and a 450 GB hard drive. He often uses an additional monitor. He currently runs Fedora 24. Akinsola uses GNOME, KDE and the Mate desktop, but his favorite is KDE 4. He uses Eclipse and Juno IDE for Java devopment. For Python he uses VIM with vim-ruby, nerdtree and Jedi-vim. He uses Gedit or LibreOffice Writer for simple text editing. He grabs screen captures with KSnapshot. Akinwale uses GIMP for editing photos.