Frank and Computer Sprout have moved to 10671 Ellinger Rd, Logan, OH. As always, Computer Sprout is your go to source for sliding scale computer repairs or used computers or Android phones. Computer Sprout specializes in Ubuntu, an open source Linux distribution that can replace Windows on your computer.
There are options as to how Ubuntu is configured. It is sometimes easy to configure Ubuntu to work in conjunction with Windows, and access all windows media files from the new Ubuntu installation.
In a rural environment where internet connections tend to be slow, Windows 10 updates can be incapacitating to an older computer. However, that very same computer, with Ubuntu installed, will work fast, responsive, robust. It can be almost like a new computer.
If you are having Windows 10 or Windows 11 problems, Computer Sprout can help. File system corruption is a common problem for Windows 10. Symptoms include system slowdowns and programs that refuse to work correctly. Repairs are made depending upon the level corruption. However, most computers can work like new again for a suggested minimum donation of $30. Call today!
Computer Sprout is also a source for solid performing used computers. Computer Sprout purchases typically off-lease incomplete Dell Latitude laptops. Laptops are completed, tested with Ubuntu 20.04 installed and are available to you for replacement cost. These models tend to have solid longevity, unlike some consumer models purchased at Walmart.
Computer Sprout also can provide expert help with most things technological, all on a sliding scale.
Window 10 updates are reason alone to use Ubuntu instead. Windows 10 handles updates in a massively unpredictable way. This is reason enough for most users to use Ubuntu instead. Ubuntu 16.04 is my go to OS. I always opt for Ubuntu given the choice.
I periodically use Windows 10. Not by choice , but because certain programs I need to use only work with Windows. For me, it is a program that manages photos for a Sony Cybershot camera. Additionally, a program that manages a software stack to run WordPress locally is sometimes needed. For others, they may have a vpn that allows them to connect with their work sites from home that needs to run on Windows.
Window 10 Especially Ill Suited for Rural Internet Connections
If you live in a rural area, chances are your internet speeds are marginal. This is true even if you have an acceptable internet experience most of the time. When Windows 10 begins to update and you have an internet connection of 10 Mbps or less, chances are your computer will become inoperable until Windows 10 has finished doing its thing. It is possible to futz around with metered connection settings. One can attempt to wrest some control over your own computer and Microsoft’s heavy handed approach to updates. But the experience will be frustrating at best, guaranteed.
However, for most people, Ubuntu does virtually everything they need from a computer. If Windows is needed, a computer can be easily configured to “dual boot”. Windows 10 is available when needed. Most people, over time, will gravitate to Ubuntu because it is more robust and user friendly. And with Ubuntu, updates are quick, simple, and fully under user control. Windows 10 updates are reason alone to use Ubuntu instead.
The Computer Sprout Blog is where I will discuss issues relevant to computing. This article discusses Ubuntu and Linux.
Ubuntu and Linux
Ubuntu is free and open source replacement for Windows 10, 8.1, and 7. It does not get viruses. It does not need disk defrag. All popular browsers including Chrome and Firefox run in Ubuntu.
For those committed to Microsoft Office, you may run the free cloud version of Office in your browser. Otherwise, LibreOffice is a free open source replacement for MS Office.
Most computers can run both Windows and Ubuntu. Computer Sprout computer repair services has made this repair literally hundreds of times on most brands of computer. Many clients find they prefer Ubuntu over Windows after acclimation.
Call 540-860-0089 9am – 9pm 7 days per week, or stop by the Hillsboro Library Wednesdays from 4pm – 7pm for a free demonstraton.
More on Ubuntu and Linux
Ubuntu is free open source Windows replacement. It is know as a Linux distribution. The history of Linux began in 1991 with the commencement of a personal project by Finnish student Linus Torvalds to create a new free operating system kernel. Since then, the resulting Linux kernel has been marked by constant growth throughout its history. Today, virtually all of the worlds super computers run linux. Unix and Unix-like operating systems power about 67 percent of all web servers. At least half of those run Linux—and probably the vast majority.
However, Linux still has a relatively small share of the desktop market. Join the Linux revolution. Arrange to install Ubuntu on your computer today!