What is Linux

Linux refers particularly to Operating Systems that are defined by their use of the Linux Kernel as originally conceived by Linus Torvalds in 1991. The Kernel can simply be described to the layman as the core of any Linux operating system. Linux is free and open source software.

Will Linux Work on Your Computer

Probably. Though it has to said there are occasions when we struggle. Remember, the largest part of the computer market is dominated by one company and they work on a completely different set of guiding principles, as do many of the vendors and hardware manufacturers. That being said, we find success in most cases. If you don't feel confident trying it yourself, call us for a free informal chat.

Why is no antivirus Needed?

Like Unix systems, Linux implements a multi-user environment where users are granted specific privileges and there is some form of access control implemented. To gain control over a Linux system or to cause any serious consequences to the system itself, the malware would have to gain root access to the system. Since logged in users do not run with such elevated privilages, the potential for compromise is minimal. Typically, all the software for a given distribution is via software repositories which significantly reduces any threat of installation of malware, as the software repositories are checked by maintainers, who try to ensure that their repository is malware-free. Subsequently, to ensure safe distribution of the software, checksums are made available. These make it possible to reveal modified versions that may have been introduced by e.g. hijacking of communications using a man-in-the-middle attack or via a redirection attack such as ARP or DNS poisoning. Careful use of these digital signatures provides an additional line of defense, which limits the scope of attacks to include only the original authors, package and release maintainers and possibly others with suitable administrative access, depending on how the keys and checksums are handled.

What about Software?

All the mainstream Linux Distributions such as openSUSE, Linux Mint and Ubuntu come with all the software you could ever need. Including a Office Suite, video and image editing software, multimedia applications, web development tools and programing languages such as C C++ GCC. You can even run Windows applications in Linux with the aid of a compatibility layer called Wine. Many games are now part of Linux too, with Steam official support in Linux, games are well supported.