What is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is an operating system, just like Windows or Mac. It's an easy to use Linux alternative to Windows or Mac.
What is Linux?
Linux is the basis for hundreads of alternate operating systems. Most of them are designed for specific corperate uses. Your printer, your smart-coffee maker, your android device, all run a customized version of linux. It's secure and it's easy to keep in only what you need. It was originally designed for programmers and designers.
So it's for programmers?
NO! Although it can be. Linux is for everyone. From your grandmother to your tech nerd, linux holds great oportunities for everyone! While using some versions of linux are very complicated, Ubuntu does not require technical knowledge to use! Ubuntu is nicknamed "Linux for Humans" It's considered easier to use than Windows. Ubuntu is kind of like a mixture of Windows and Mac.
Why would I want Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is simple, and much much faster than Windows. Computers that struggle to run Windows at a bareable speed can be snappy fast with Ubuntu! That's the number one reason we recommend Ubuntu, its speed. It can give your old computer a new life.
It's 100% Free to use and install. No fees.
Most Programs that run on linux are free
You can browse the web in your favorite browser, edit documents, play games*, Email, watch videos, just like on your PC or Mac!
It's open source, which means it's much more secure! No Viruses!
You can find most apps/programs in Discover, which is like your App Store on your smartphone, except for your computer. Thanks to Discover, you don't have to worry about downloading programs from sketchy websites anymore!
Bring your current computer! No need to go buy a new laptop or PC, just install Ubuntu and replace your Windows or macOS operating system! Plus, we can keep your old files!
Nothing unbearable. Microsoft doesn't support linux, which means Microsoft Word will not run on linux. But, there's office 365 online, which runs in your web browser giving you most of the same features! There are also free alternatives like libreoffice (which comes pre-installed on Ubuntu) that offer most of the same features. You can open word documents the same, do many of the same things, and you can still save your work as a Microsoft Word document!
You also wont be able to install iTunes, but there is now iTunes online which can be found at beta.music.apple.com, offering Apple Music on linux!
Why haven't I heard of this?
Ubuntu, and almost every other linux system, is 100% free. This means they can't afford to advertize. Also, because Linux was originally designed for programmers and tech-gurus, people often dismiss linux systems as hard to use. Sure, the terminal (the classic black and white coding window with scrolling text) is still there, but you don't ever have to use it if you don't want to! Linux is the future, but people need to try it!
Installing Ubuntu (or any linux OS) is hard. That's why we do it for you. for just $20 we'll take your computer to our workshop and install Ubuntu for you. When we bring it back, we'll give you a tour and help you install any programs you want! Want us to do it all in front of you? We'll do it at your location for a total of $45!
* Gas fees apply
Try it First!
Most Linux Distributes have a live mode. You can run the operating system on a computer without actually installing or overwriting anything! This means if you dont like it you can go right back to your old setup. Just ask and one of our technitians will run it on your computer, so you can see how it will run!
Other Linux OS?
That's right, there's tons of other Linux Operating Systems out there. Some other easy to use ones we support are:
Linux Mint (Cinnamin Version)
Elementary OS (additional $10)
Do check these out! Especially Zorin, a newer linux distro, that is easy to make look like a Mac or Windows computer!