We recently interviewed Sylvia Sanchez on how she 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 Sylvia Sanchez?

Sylvia Sanchez is a Fedora user and contributor living in Uruguay. She started using Linux ten years ago when she bought her first computer. Sanchez recalls, “My first computer came with Guadalinex, an Ubuntu-based distribution, promoted by the government of Andalusia, Spain.” In an odd twist, Sylvia was converted to Fedora at an Ubuntu release party. She has been a Fedora user since Fedora 16. Her childhood heroes are Wonder Woman and Spiderman. Milanesas with salad and fried potatoes is her favorite food. She is an aviation enthusiast who loves airplanes and studying history. She recently started a personal blog called Crossing the Air.

The Fedora Community

Sylvia contributes to Fedora as an author for Fedora Magazine. She is also involved with Fedora Marketing, Fedora Design Team, and as a Fedora Ambassador by helping organize events. Sanchez also reports bugs and provides translations for various parts of the Fedora Project.

Overcoming prejudice is one of the biggest challenges Sylvia has faced in promoting Fedora and Libre Software. Some people have a hard time believing that something available for free is also of a good quality. When asked about the Fedora community, Sanchez says the Fedora Community is “…an awesome place to ask for help and ask questions, but also to share stuff and contribute.”

When asked about who most influenced her decision to contribute to Fedora, Sylvia singled out Justin W. Flory. “His enthusiasm and quick responses are outstanding. It’s the kind of attitude that makes you think it is worth it to contribute,” said Sanchez.

She noted that Fedora is considered more difficult to use than many other distros. Sanchez says, “People keep thinking of Fedora as a hackers-only thing, too complicated and unstable for mere mortals. It keeps Fedora a bit hidden compared to other distributions.” Changing that perception is one thing that she would like to see change in the future.

What hardware?


Her computer is a Magalhães 2 netbook, which is Intel’s version of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program. Everything is Intel inside and it works very well with Linux in general, and Fedora in particular. It is equipped with a 150GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and a 10.1″ screen. The processor is an Intel N450 running at 1.66GHz and is equipped with the GMA3150 card for graphics.

What software?

Screen CinnamonSanchez uses the Fedora 23 Cinnamon Spin and she uses a wide variety of software to get her tasks done. For design work, she makes use of GIMP for photo editing or manipulation, Shotwell for organizing her photo library, and Eye of Mate for viewing images. Sylvia uses Okular, Pluma, LibreOffice, and Calligra Words for writing and reading tasks. When people share small movies or documentaries with her, she uses Parole to play them. The web browser of choice for Sanchez is Opera, and for communicating on IRC, she uses Hexchat. She organizers her recipes using Gourmet.

Sylvia sent in some examples of the artwork she produces using Fedora. This particular piece, called “Cho no misama”, was drawn by hand and then finished using GIMP. The butterflies were all added using GIMP brush strokes.

Cho no Misama

Cho no Misama