Computer Network Systems
I am a computer network technician specializing in the GNU-Linux operating system. I started working way back with Novell NetWare and MS 3.11/MSDOS. I have worked with building and installing GNU-Linux servers and desktop computers in stand-alone and network environments.
I currently focus on debian, CentOS, fedora, Novell Suse, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and PCLinuxOS distributions.
What is GNU-Linux
Linux is a computer operating system spearheaded by Linus Torvalds and created in an “OpenSource” online, collaborative environment. “OpenSource” refers to being designed to allow free access and usability of the entire system as opposed to “closed” proprietary systems that do not allow users access to customize, modify or adapt core software features of the operating system.
GNU refers to a similar open source operating system software started by Richard Stallman.
Both systems are based on the UNIX mainframe operating system used in early networks. By integrating key software from GNU into the Linux system, a modern scalable UNIX style system became available for use in small form factors such as individual desktop and laptop computers.
GNU-Linux is the basis of the the Android system developed and used by Google to work with smartphone and tablet systems, etc…
GNU-Linux is considered to be “free” in two ways. The first being that users are free as in freedom to modify, alter, customize and otherwise access the core software without legal or financial blocks. The other way GNU-Linux is free is free as in free stuff. The idea was that since it is literally a world wide collaboration in development, it should be usable by everyone as-is.
Some people and businesses have made specific customized versions which carry a price tag but the vast majority do not.
The Value of GNU-Linux
Often people ask how using GNU-Linux can be valuable in their home or office. Firstly, it is a network operating system to begin with, it was designed to function in a network from the beginning. Other popular operating systems were originally designed as stand-alone systems and network was added later as a secondary concern. GNU-Linux was built to work in your network.
Most current, popular operating systems are resource intensive. They consume memory and processing power greedily. GNU-Linux systems are made for efficient use of resources and can be scaled for greater efficiency in a variety of circumstances.
On somewhat older computers that have lived past their warranties and you want to extend their usable life, installation of GNU-Linux can make slow, low performance computers run seemingly like new again. This allows for an increase in overall value of the hardware and greater ROI on technology purchases.
Current services I offer include:
- GNU-Linux OS installation, configuration and customization onto desktop and laptop computers.
- GNU-Linux server installation, configuration, and customization.
- Home/Small Office Home Office wired and WiFi installation and configuration.
- Private instruction in using GNU-Linux systems and related software.