Luis Motta: How Do You Fedora?

Luis Motta: How Do You Fedora?

We recently interviewed Luis Motta 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 Luis Motta?

Luis Motta was born in 1963 on the same day as Mick Jagger, which may explain why he has been a rock and roll guitar player since 1982. Motta plays in three different bands. He and his friends play gigs at local bars with a preference for heavy rock. Motta says, “Louder is better!” His favorite music groups are Rush, System of a Down, and Red Fang. As a guitarist, he likes Alex Lifeson. “Today, me and a friend, Jesiel Rocha, give lectures on the use of free software for music recording,” said Luis.

Motta explains, “I have always been a hacker. As a child, I disassembled radios.” He first started using Linux in 2001 with a Brazilian distribution called Conectiva, which was based on Mandrake Linux. It used RPM packages like Fedora.

Luis works as an IT manager in a school supporting 800 students with 200 computers and tablets. He built the entire infrastructure using Linux. Luis says, “We use PFSENSE, Samba, Squid, IDS, and LiquidSquid.”

Fedora Community

Motta got involved in the Fedora community in 2015 when he joined the Brazilian Portuguese localization (L10N) team. When asked about his first impressions about the Fedora Community, Luis said, “I was very well-received!” He attended the 16th International Free Software Forum (FISL) and met with some Fedora community members. Luis said, “Thanks to Bruno Zanuzzo, I was registered as a translator the same day and contributing as a translator in the same week.”

When asked about one thing he would like to see change in the Fedora Project, Motta responded, “Improved support for graphics cards from manufacturers like NVIDIA. All the rest is perfect!” He would also like to let more people know how solid Fedora is. “It uses the best applications for Linux and always with the latest versions,” said Luis.

When speaking about his work in the Fedora Project, Luis explained, “We are like the Jedis!! We care about the other people who want to use Fedora. We manipulate the force in a good way!” This is one of the points that convinced Motta to contribute to Fedora. He credits Bruno Zanuzzo for giving him an effective way to contribute to Fedora. “He was a good speaker and did not speak badly of any other Linux distribution. He talked about the advantages of Fedora,” he continued. “For me, this is the spirit: freedom to choose!”

Motta values people who are ethical, sincere, open-minded, and have a good sense of humor. He values people wanting to promote open source software, and Fedora also needs willpower and persistence so that they never give up.

What hardware and software?

Luis has an ASUS XL 550N notebook computer equipped with a 2GB NVIDIA card, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. He utilizes Fedora 24 KDE Spin. He likes KDE, KDEnLIVE for video editing, GIMP and Inkscape for image editing, and LibreOffice. He uses SNES9X to emulate SNES for playing vintage Nintendo games.

Luis Motta - Desktop



  1. Jim

    What do you use for music software? I’m currently playing with Bitwig while also keeping an eye on Ardour which has had a surge of development recently.

  2. I’ve been using Ardour (and Mixbus as well) for years. In fact I was just laying tracks yesterday. It’s phenomenal software.

  3. Cool!! am impressed about building the entire infrastructure from scratch on his own and love that you are a lover of kde like me, am coming to kde5 soon.

  4. Guilherme

    Nice to see a Brazilian like me here! I also love KDE and Rock n’ Roll! As an Archlinux user, I’m trying to use Fedora KDE Spin as my daily driver distro just because I have read about the fedora community contribution to the whole Linux project.

  5. hello I want participate in fedora, I am an artist-painter and I am studying networks and computing security in an institute here in Lima Perú.

    I use fedora 24 in my laptop (lenovo-g480 winth intel core i3) and I would like to have an fedora t-shirt. well, thank you so much.

    • Hi!
      There will be a FUDcon this October in Peru. You may like to join. I`m also a an artist-painter with some knowledge of computer science, but I’m not in Peru. Anyway, you can go to FUDcon Puno Peru and talk to other local Fedorians and get a shirt if you like.

      • ho thank you but I am in Lima and Puno is far away from me, but thank you again.

        • You can ask for funding because you

          re local to the event.  But I

          m not sure if there

          s any money left.  This year LATAM received a lot less of money because we were asking but not spending it.
          Anyway, you can contact others from Peru  (they

          re quite a lot) and ask them for support… and a t-shirt :v

  6. Thanks for sharing Charles!
    quick note though, the How do you fedora link at the start ( ) seems to be failing. Maybe using the tag would do? (

  7. Ícaro Hoff

    Good to see someone that lives in the same city here in FM. I’ve also started my Linux career on Conectiva, that distro was an epic attempt to spread the word of Linux across our country. I tried Fedora two years ago and I’m sticking with it on all my platforms, from x86_64 to arm. Today I installed on a Broadwell laptop, price/benefit went sky high with a decent performance and battery life (6 hours of usage on my daily tasks). Greetings from POA!

  8. Amir

    before trying fedora i downloaded Ubuntu v16.04 but During installing blinking scroll lock and caps lock happened and it was failed to install then i tried fedora and yes it was powerful !
    however i am Linux beginner user and i should read linux pdf books ( FARSI & EN )

    • Look up for the Fedora Documentation. Is very very good and it`s available in diferent formats like html and pdf. So you can download it or read it online as you like.

  9. ifoolb

    Being on Fedora so long I even feel as if Fedora & Gnome Shell = Operating System. But Windows is almost inevitable. At work all computers are installed with Windows even if I’m working at an Android focused company. Using workarounds such as putty, xshell the like on Windows is a nightmare to me.

    • Yes, sadly, Windows is still the dominant system in many offices and enterprises, so if you want to work you have to deal with it. Also, in many schools and universities is also the dominant system which means generations of youngsters trained to work in a closed environment only.
      But don`t worry, things are slowly changing.

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