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Fabien Sanglard


in developer, game, linux, mac, windows

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am Fabien Sanglard. Born and raised in France, I lived in Canada for 10 years and now I am based in California. I program computers and cell phones for a living. Online, I am better known for the articles I publish on, and books I authored such as the Game Engine Black Book: Wolfenstein 3D, the Game Engine Black Book: DOOM, and The Book of CP-System. Besides programming, reading a lot of code, and explaining stuff, I enjoy rock climbing and spending time with my two cats.

What hardware do you use?

It depends on the mood of the day. I can use The Beautiful Silent PC, my wife's Mjolnir, or the Diablo 2 machine if I need Windows, which I try to avoid as much as possible. If I am restless and need to roam, I have a Carbon X1 Gen9 running Ubuntu and a MacBook Pro M1 which also runs Ubuntu via a UTM VM. For the screen I use a huge 32" BenQ. I tried to find an excuse to buy an Apple XDR but failed. I built an amazing standing desk with a countertop from Home Depot and raising legs from Amazon.

And what software?

To write HTML for my website, I use Sublime Text. If I am on a Mac, I use Cyberduck to sync (I work straight on prod, that's right). On Linux, it is a dream to keep things in sync via sshfs.

For the books, it is the same setup except that I need to compile my LaTeX to PDF with pdfTeX.

For both mediums, I draw with Inkscape and perform image manipulation with Photoshop (sadly Mac only).

What would be your dream setup?

This is what I described above.