Linux computer services - a stable system that few mainstream computer technicians are willing to offer:
Fed up with a persistently slow computer or not sure what to do now that Windows 7 is no longer supported? Depending on what software you use, Linux could be a viable alternative. I offer services in changing over from Windows to Linux in the Ipswich area.

Windows 7 has reached end of life support. There are many reports about the problems of Windows 10. There's a better option aside from the expensive hardware associated with Apple MacOS. Android mobile phones are based off it too. Most website servers and mission critical systems run Linux. Linux offers superior stability at a fraction of the cost and works on older hardware too. You could save a lot of money by switching over like I have.

Linux has been around for a long time, although a little less than Microsoft. Linux has matured in more recent years and is more user friendly.

While the software application names may differ, you can do everything on Linux that you can do in Windows. You can work with documents in Linux that were prepared on a Windows computer. You can even set up your computer so that you can choose either Linux or Windows when you first switch on the computer.

Windows -> Linux


Screenshots / Linux in action:
Manjaro KDE - see www.manjaro.org for more information and more screenshots. You can even download and install the distro yourself if you're computer savvy! If you're not sure of how to get it working for you, my services are available.

Manjaro GRUB (Linux or Windows)
If you need to choose between Linux and Windows when you first start the computer (dual boot), the GRUB (pictured above) is the menu you would be presented with.

Recently used programs
It looks easy enough to use!

App repositories
That resembles the app stores on mobile phones!

Dolphin File Manager
Some subtle differences. The drives aren't labelled like "C:", they have volume names instead. Volumes 1 & 2, and Basic data partition are NTFS formatted and work perfectly in Linux which normally uses the EXT4 file system.

WPS Writer
WPS Office - the closest resemblance to Microsoft Office, and is fully compatible with Office files.

WPS Spreadsheets
WPS Office - the closest resemblance to Microsoft Office, and is fully compatible with Office files.

WPS Presentation
WPS Office - the closest resemblance to Microsoft Office, and is fully compatible with Office files.

Adobe Acrobat on Manjaro Linux
Some (not all) Windows programs can be run in Linux, either through Crossover or WINE. Shown here is Adobe Acrobat Pro DC running through Crossover.

Runs old MSDOS games
If you've got the time for video games (I don't but maybe you do), it is possible to run the old MS DOS (early Microsoft) and 16 bit Windows (early Microsoft) games on Linux through Crossover (which calls up DOSBox for you)! You can't do this in Microsoft Windows 10!



My background in computers:
Before I got into the electrical game, I was good with fixing computers in the late 90's / early 2000's, but I got offered a job in electrical when I was able to fix TVs and VCRs around the same time.

From what I am hearing, both the IT and electrical markets have saturated out. Some research leads me to believe there is an opening in offering Linux based computer services as there doesn't seem to be many providers offering the sort. 

Electrical and air conditioning are my main qualifications but if I can diversify some computer work into the mix and be a bit more selective of electrical jobs, it might work well for me. Electrical work isn't as profitable as it used to be, but I will be maintaining my licences.


The services I offer:

You'll need to make sure your data is backed up. I can perform this task if you need to, but you are responsible for your data. If you're not sure of your data backup needs, buy a 1TB or 2TB portable hard disk drive and I'll prepare it for you. I'll need a checklist of the software you use to ensure the conversion will suit your needs or if you need a dual boot system instead (choose either Linux or Windows each time you turn on the computer).

Change your computer over to Manjaro Linux.
Install software packages to suit your daily computing needs.
Help with updates and minor hardware issues / maintenance.
Help with selecting Linux preferred hardware if you're looking at upgrades.


Pricing information and getting in contact:
Rates:
Minimum charge - $100
Labour - $40/h (software and hardware)
Travel - $40/h + $1 per km (round trip)
These rates are introductory and may be subject to change.
Linux (Operating System and the App Repositories) is generally comprised of free software, although some software purchases may be necessary so you'll need a Paypal or Credit / Debit card.

Phone / Message Andrew 0421164224.
I come to you.