The ultimate measure of the power a computer lies in its versatility of the programs it can simultaneously run and the applications that it can handle smoothly. There is always need of an operating environment which provides absolute operability for its users. When it comes to software development, Linux has provided the best solution and an upper had for developers to accomplish their various tasks without much trouble. That’s the power of a Linux kernel.
This website is meant to exhibit the power of Linux; From personal computing to setting a server hosting at home or in the office for backup, streaming, torrenting etc, this OS has proven to be very versatile. Almost all electronics can run efficiently using this operating system. Developers benefit most from the use of the Linux kernel because it makes it is user friendly and has got all supportive tools in one place hence making programming easier and smoother.
Previously this was a personal website owned by a Linux enthusiast and he used it as a repository to showcase different software and hacks that he had created using the Linux kernel. I’ve undertaken the task of bring this website back to life and will be publishing interesting ways through which the operating environment of Linux can help us ease the tasks in our daily activities.
Already I’ve published some interesting post concerning the OS and in future I seek to publish more ways that the kernel can be put into work. I will also showcase some of the projects that I’ve managed to accomplish with the kernel. In the meantime, you can access the published content by clicking through various topics below.
If there is any operating system that has attracted wide usage around the globe then Linux comes in at the top, won’t you agree? I have been using it since its inception and although I have kept pace with the new developments, I still have it running in my 90’s desktop. It was created to be a performer that will remain relevant for many years to come.
Linux kernel is the greatest open-source project that I have ever used. Many other users would agree with me on this one and you would be right to follow suit and try it too (that is if it is the first time you are hearing of it, but rarely unlikely).
But you would ask, what is ‘kernel?’
In software development, there are level of products ranging from the lowest, middle and the highest. Kernel is one of the lowest level and easily replaceable software used to create interfaces with your computer OS. It brings together all the process running in your system to one accessible point through the inter-process communication (IPC).
Linux, windows 7 and OS X use different versions of the kernel and if you have tried them you would note that they are not the same in functionality and processes. Linux kernel runs on monolithic version, Windows 7 uses microkernel while OS X uses the hybrid version. But my interest today is the monolithic kind that has been part of my computer life and still persists even after the contemporary inventions that should have changed my software preferences.
So that is about kernel, what about when it is connected to Linux? Linux kernel brings together your CPU, server calls, file system management, IPC, drivers and memory into a synchronization of performance. It is the best for multitasking and hardware accessibility because you do not have to wait for a queue. The down side is that this direct and fast access can lead to the occurrence of the supervisor mode that is the reason why many systems will crush. This may sound as rocket science at first but if you try to use it then you will get to know about and how it works. Hoping that is enough knowledge on this subject, let’s forge forward to the core reason of writing this article.
Pros and cons of using it
From my prolonged use of this software, I have known the good and bad sides of it. I would not want to sugar coat anything because you will blame me for the flaws that may come your way. But I would not hesitate to make a recommendation that you try this software, but first here are the pros and cons;
- There is no queue since processes react faster. This is one of the best features that will make you love this program.
- Your supported device will not need any further installations to run correctly
- Gives an easier channel for processes to communicate among themselves
- Programs get more freedom to access hardware making things go faster
My undying love for this software
I have had experience with much software but I still remain stuck with the monolithic Linux. I remember a time when I was tasked to design a program for breast cancer foundation and I was so much pressed for time that I thought I would fail. My desktop at home was running on this software and the advantages of its speed would come in handy in this one. I took the assignment without any complain on the tight deadline and hoped that I would get it done and impress my bosses who had promised to promote me if I continued to perform at the highest level I had been for months.
It was a weight loss program that wanted to advice about the benefits of healthy diets. I ended up completing it in one night and it was such an impressive project that I earned the promotion to become a supervising designer. I presume that was it not for having such versatile software running on my desktop, I would not have met the deadline and my hopes for a promotion would have just been that: mere hopes.