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

Who is Giannis Konstantinidis?

Giannis Konstantinidis is a 20 year old student at the University of the Aegean on Samos Island, Greece. He is studying in the Department of Information & Communication Systems Engineering. Giannis occasionally works as a freelance front-end web developer. He has a passion for for free and open-source software. He started with Linux using Mandriva in 2008, but settled on Fedora a year later.

Fedora Community

Konstantinidis first became involved in the Fedora community in December 2009. At the age of fourteen, he became a Fedora Ambassador. Giannis said, “It’s exciting to be one of the youngest people to have ever joined the project, and especially the Ambassadors.” Giannis represents the Fedora community at events and conferences both domestically and abroad. He gives presentations, runs workshops, and organizes event booths. His focus is on community building in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region with a focus on the Balkans region.

“One of the communities I enjoy supporting (in every way possible) is the Albanian community. It might be a recent one, but it is very active, well-connected and organized,” says Konstantinidis. For the past several months he has been leading the bi-weekly EMEA Ambassadors meetings on IRC. Konstantinidis was elected in the December 2015 elections to the Fedora Ambassador Steering Committee (FAmSCo). He is currently acting as the FAmSCo chair.

Konstantinidis wanted to send a message to fellow students to contribute back to free and open source software. “You don’t need to be a coder or have technical knowledge. You don’t have to be an expert in your field either, you can learn as you go. In free and open source software communities, there are people from all backgrounds that will be more than happy to help you get started,” stated Konstantinidis.

When asked to name one person who influenced his decision to contribute to Fedora, Giannis said, “That would be Christos Bacharakis, a long time Fedora contributor. I’d like to give a big shout-out to him. I first met Christos and several other Greek contributors about 7 years ago. It all started when I visited Infosystem in 2009, a large IT-related conference back then. Christos has been acting as a source of inspiration and motivation for people that want to get started with open source. He is always around to help and mentor other people. It has been my pleasure working with him during these years.”

What hardware?

“Since I’m a student on a limited budget,” Giannis says, “there isn’t any space for expensive hardware.” For most of his work, he uses a custom-built desktop PC with a Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3 motherboard paired with an A10-5800K CPU, 8GB of Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 memory, and a 120GB Kingston V300 SSD drive. His desktop is paired with two Philips 223V5 22″ LCD monitors. Konstantinidis opines, “I love dual-monitor setups, as they do increase my productivity.”

When Giannis is away from his office, he uses a Lenovo G500 laptop with an Intel Pentium B960 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and another Kingston V300 120GB SSD. Konstantinidis says, “Fedora boots up in almost 5 seconds.”

Giannis Konstantinidis: The workstation for the real work

What software?

Giannis runs Fedora 23 on both his desktop and laptop. His preferred desktop environment is GNOME. Giannis continues, “It’s innovative, has a pleasant UX, and is overall better supported compared to others.”

He uses three main pieces of software: a browser, a text editor and the terminal. His browser of choice is Firefox. Giannis made this choice for three main reasons. “It’s free and open source, it respects my privacy, and it’s backed by Mozilla, the non-profit organization whose mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.” Konstantinidis uses gedit for text editing. He also leverages GitHub, ownCloud, and Open-Xchange as cloud services.