[sf-lug] [LINUX USER QUESTIONAIRE] How did you become a Linux user?

chaitanya mehandru chinku.linux at gmail.com
Thu Jul 30 12:59:54 PDT 2009

Hi Edward,
When I tried linux, i felt like i can do this and i can do that!!! and hence
i was feeling that if i stick to linux it wud  be a wise choice. If i name
something that i have done on windows, i can do it on linux as well in
addition to the individual benefits of linux. There is no restriction and to
a much greater extent you can urself define what you want the OS to do.
Also, security is an important concern and there is nothing to worry about
viruses on linux.

Regarding my paper, I have analyzed the software power and performance  on
low power architecture based Mobile Internet Devices. It shows mostly a
technical analysis of the multimedia and videoconferencing on x86
architecture. The biggest advantage i had was the availablility of dedicated
tools to measure performance but on windows we just have almost nothing. The
measurements of memory, processor activity,etc were done with *various tools
tht are available only on linux and an equivalent tool on windows is not
available*. I remember tht once i proposed some measurements on windows xp,
but we figured out tht we dont have enough tools and ended up in quitting
anykind of measurements on windows. So, linux solved a major hurdle of tools
availabilty to collect data!!!

Another reason is tht from performance point of view, linux proves to better
in terms of the power consumed in idle mode which is a common scenario on
all mobile devices. Running windows and keeping the device idle consumes a
little more watts i.e lesser battery life.

I hope this information isw useful for you and the above mentioned
technicalities wud be good to include in your paper.
Let me know if u want to know something more specific.

In adition, i just feel tht linux will soon be on most of the computers in
every house today becoz of the ease, flexibility and the lelvel of control
it offers to an end-user.


On Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 10:54 PM, Edward Janne <tigakub at mac.com> wrote:

> Hi Chaitanya, sorry for taking so long to follow up, the response to my
> questions has been quite overwhelming.
> I'd be interested to read your paper. Could you elaborate on why you love
> Linux so much?
> Thanks!
> -edj
> On Jul 28, 2009, at 3:09 PM, chaitanya mehandru wrote:
>  I became a linux user in a way similar to when someone joins a
>> university-- I mean we are among intellectual people and then we start
>> trying new things and get interested more once we get to know about them. In
>> addition, I recently wrote a paper on Power/Performance benefits of using
>> Linux and open-source software on Mobile Internet Devices and exploring
>> newer usage models. I have been using linux for 2years now and want to keep
>> adding years to it.....Linux is amazing to me!!!
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