Posted on June 2, 2008 by mssaleh
I’d be very ungrateful if I started this article with anything but thanking everyone who has read or commented on my previous post. I also appreciate all the websites who embraced my effort. At first, I was completely overwhelmed by the huge number of visits and comments—either here, on this blog, or on other websites, especially www.osnews.com . Later, when the ecstasy subsided, I started feeling a little ashamed of myself for not doing a better job. In fact, I didn’t expect my article to receive that much attention. It was just a one-man effort with very little knowledge. I would also like to thank my friend Eng. Ahmad Bakdash for his generous support.
I thoroughly read all comments and suggestions, but I was a little bit undecided about repeating the test. I was afraid of being misjudged by readers who tend to take things very seriously. I’ve always been aware that my little experience and resources will always keep me from doing a conclusive benchmark. I stated that clearly in my previous article but many readers missed it. Eventually, I couldn’t resist doing another test with some mistakes corrected to see how it would go. But again, it is nearly impossible for me to do a perfect benchmark, and it is absolutely impossible to satisfy every reader. I can only do my best.
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Posted on May 10, 2008 by mssaleh
Computer working environments are pretty similar to the species on this planet. One can see ancient species, that have survived millions of years, living along some fairly-recent ones like humans. The ancient of working environments would be the famed CLI (Command Line Interface) that uses typed text to communicate with the computer, while the modern, today, is the GUI (Graphical User Interface) where there are buttons, windows, mouse pointers and clicks.
There is, surprisingly, a heated debate between each interface’s supporters. CLI pundits are usually vocal and so determined in such debates. They argue that CLI’s are more direct, powerful, safer, cleaner and more reliable than GUI’s. They suggest that using a CLI is simply like the text-chatting that we do all the time. Of course, I would say: yes, but it’s like chatting to a very strict English teacher: zero-tolerance to all mistakes in grammar and spelling. Elsewhere, GUI users (the most of us) don’t even imagine how it is possible that a CLI can be better than all these nice buttons, colourful icons and easy-to-follow informative boxes. CLI can be very intimidating for new users.
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Posted on May 5, 2008 by mssaleh
A While ago, I was doing my usual “preaching” about the merits of Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular. I was telling a friend about the modest system requirements of Linux and how efficient Linux is in preserving system resources. My friend is a professional who used to work on powerful workstations, so he quickly interrupted my “sermon” to ask a simple yet meaningful question:
So Linux does not need a high-spec machine to run, but what if you have got one? Does Linux utilize the extra resources to get the best out of such a machine? Or that the simple requirements mean less efficiency in terms of full-throttle performance.
Of course, I am fully aware of Linux modularity and I could easily answer with “yes” if my friend was asking about data centers or even super-computers. However, in the Desktop PC realm the answer is not straight forward (at least for me). This is because Desktop Linux distributions are based on a specific incarnation of the Linux kernel which is usually patched by each distribution’s development team. Other system elements are also built around the kernel to work on a wide variety of machines; so I truly wondered whether the same setup has enough scalability to drive any machine at full throttle.
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Posted on April 14, 2008 by mssaleh
I’ve been using Linux on and off for about 7 years. I am not a programmer or a hacking enthusiast, and the only reason for which I tried Linux was the extraordinary enthusiasm and loyalty of Linux hardcore users. I’ve never seen a product that can convert every user into an advocate apart from Linux, and I kept telling myself that it must be so good to deserve such treatment.
However, with my little experience and little patience, I couldn’t keep any Linux installation for more than a few weeks. I had so many problems which I couldn’t solve by myself and, most of all, trial-and-error method of learning how to master and customize Linux was often disastrous.
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