We recently interviewed Alfonso Savio on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series here on the Fedora Magazine where we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you’re interested in being interviewed for a further installment of this series you can contact us on the feedback form.

Who is Alfonso Savio?

Alfonso Savio is a man of many talents. Alfonso works for the National Cancer Institute of Naples and started using Linux in 2004 with Fedora Core 3. He’s a systems integrator, systems and network administrator, project and database manager, and software developer. However, his official title is ICT Manager of the Clinical Trials Unit.

Alfonso’s team analyzes data from clinical trials to advance scientific research in the fight against cancer. The team comprises physicians and data managers. He is the sole person in his department using Linux for his primary desktop. Hence, he’s an open source trailblazer.

His childhood inspirations include comic book character and arch enemy of Superman Lex Luthor. His favorite movies are It’s a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra and Creator by Ivan Passer. This may explain his belief in miracles, and the fact that men don’t need super powers to triumph. He values honesty, seriousness, wisdom, optimism and curiosity in other people. His interest in computers started with an Atari VCS 2600. Savio’s first professional work utilized MS DOS 3.3, QuickBasic, Novell Network and BTrieve DBMS.

The Fedora community

Alfonso gets involved in the Fedora community by finding bugs and promoting Linux based on Fedora. However, his path to Fedora traveled through many different distributions. He has a special fondness for PCLinuxOS. “I have to mention a distro that finally made me choose GNU/Linux as my favorite OS, is PCLinuxOS 2007 and its creator Bill Reynolds,” he said. Nowadays, Alfonso is a strong believer in Fedora and Red Hat. “The Fedora Project is stable and well supported by the community and Red Hat,” he continued. “I think Fedora is the distro going in the right direction to make GNU/Linux a valid alternative to other operating systems.”

What Hardware?

Alfonso’s mobile workstation is equipped with a Core i7 processor, 1 TB SSD, 16 GB of RAM, and a GeForce 555M graphics card. His desktop workstation runs on a Xeon E3, 32 GB of RAM, 1 TB SSD, and a AMD Radeon R9 390 graphics card.

Main Desktop

Main Desktop

What Software?

At work Alfonso maintains four production servers with Fedora. His physical backup server uses rsync and Samba shares. He also has a physical Ruby on Rails server with Passenger and MariaDB for data. Then, his two virtualized servers use KVM/QEMU. The first, a Ruby on Rails server, uses Passenger and MariaDB. The second, a mail server, uses the IredMail system.

Development Desktop

Development Desktop

Alfonso also runs Fedora 21 to 24 on various computers. He uses Mate as a preferred desktop. His favorite software includes: