What is Linux?

Linux is an alternative operating system that is 100% free and open-source. It can be applied in a variety of environments: Laptops, Servers, Desktops, and thin-client machines. Linux can run on a PC or Macintosh computer, and even be run side-by-side, or simultaneously on your existing hardware.

What Can Linux do?

Linux can be used as your primary computer. It can organize and play your music, play videos, play games, browse the internet, create and edit documents, as well as do anything you are used to on your existing Operating System. Linux is actively developed by hundreds of thousands of people world wide, in a community way, to provide an excellent computing environment for work, play, and learning.

In a business setting, Linux can be used as a server. It can become a web, email, database, ftp, terminal service, data, and application server. It can join your existing Windows domain and provide services you need without a license cost. In some situations, you may be able to completely replace your server Operating Systems with Linux. It can also be used on managed workstations or thin-client computers to give the Administrator flexible control over a domain.

How do I start using it?

It can be downloaded for free many places on the internet. Linux is usually compiled in what is called a "Linux Distribution". There are hundreds of distributions out there that will meet your needs. Some of the leading ones are Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Mandriva.

Where does Mindful Integrations come in, if this software is free?

We offer technical advice and best practice recommendations for setting up Linux in your home or business. In simple terms, we know Linux, and can train you to use it effectively. But don't trust us, download it yourself and give it a try. That is the spirit of open source software. If you find that you require additional assistance, customization, training, or technical support - that is where we come in.