I am not a normal person. I run on Linux.

An introduction to a new Linux blogger at Network World.

When big companies (and small ones) talk about their “target demographic” – they are never talking about Bryan Lunduke.

When video game companies want to make a hit video game, they never think “what would Bryan play?” I don’t really like things being in 3D. Good old 2D is more my cup of tea. And, if I’m being honest, I prefer lower-resolution games – the more pixilated the better. And words. I like my games to require me to do an inordinate amount of reading.

When was the last time you saw a platinum-selling video game with a resolution of 300x200 that required you to read a few novels-worth of prose just to get through the opening sequence? I am not the average gamer. And I’m okay with that.

This applies to computers – including desktop environments and applications – almost more so.

The major OS companies of the world (the Microsofts, Apples, Googles, etc.) are not building their systems for me. And there are two key reasons for that.

The first is due to what I do with my computers. The second is… how.

Nowadays, most people live in a web browser. And that web browser is full-screen. This makes total sense – the vast majority of communication and work (that most people do) can be done inside a browser. And if you’re spending time in just one application, why not let it make use of every possible pixel you’ve got?

All of which means that there is an increased emphasis on browsing and web-based apps running full-screen (such as in Google’s ChromeOS and Windows 8). For most people this is…logical.

However, I am not most people. Right now I don’t even have a web browser open. I make indie video games (with nice pixilated graphics), programming tools, comic strips and comic books. All of which is damned near impossible to do in a web browser.

Truth be told, I spend most of my day in text editors, terminals and graphic design tools. My email is handled by a desktop client, not a web interface. Heck, I even read most of my websites through desktop RSS readers instead of loading up a browser.

And I don’t like things full screen.

I like my desktop environments to be highly configurable (weird, right?), light-weight and fast as lightning. Truth be told, I also couldn’t care less if my desktop was easy for someone else to learn to use or not. Right now, that means I’m running xmonad – and loving every second of it.

All of that is a rather long way of saying “Hi. My name is Bryan. I run, and make my living, on Linux. And I’ll be writing here now.”

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