Linux

Over the years, we have supported Multi-value systems that have been installed on Linux. Our experience with this operating system has shown it to be a robust and efficient system with a huge amount of support and constant development to meet the needs of the computer user.

Microsoft have announced that mainstream support of Windows XP will end in April 2009 and extended support, offering just security updates, will end in April 2014. If you are are wondering what you're going to do about upgrading your desktop PCs and don't think Vista is the way forward then you should consider Linux. There has been huge progress in making this OS easier to install and maintain on desktop systems. Being more efficient, they will almost certainly run on your existing machine. They also incorporate security that Microsoft systems can only dream of.

In addition to the advantages of Linux over Micrososft, there are a whole raft of Open Source applications that are tried and tested and FREE. An increasing number of organization are moving to a Linux environment. If you still need convincing, we suggest that you read the points made at this web site http://www.bellevuelinux.org/reasons_to_convert.html .

If you would like to discuss the options, send an e-mail to info@paradyme.co.uk detailing your needs and we'll be more than happy to discuss the options.

These are a selection of our favourite apps.

Firefox
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

Mozilla Firefox is a web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite, managed by the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox includes tabbed browsing, a spell checker, incremental find, live bookmarking, a download manager, and an integrated search system that uses the user's desired search engine. Functions can be added through add-ons created by third-party developers.

We find that it is also much more accurate at rendering web pages that Internet explorer and the latest version is also more efficient in terms of memory usage.

OpenOffice.org
http://www.openoffice.org/

OpenOffice.org (OO.o or OOo) is a cross-platform office application suite available for a number of different computer operating systems. It supports the ISO standard OpenDocument Format (ODF) for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft Office 97 – 2003 formats, Microsoft Office 2007 format (in version 3), among many others. OpenOffice.org was originally derived from StarOffice, an office suite developed by StarDivision and acquired by Sun Microsystems in August 1999. The source code of the suite was released in July 2000 with the aim of reducing the dominant market share of Microsoft Office by providing a free, open and high-quality alternative; later versions of StarOffice are based upon OpenOffice.org with additional proprietary components. OpenOffice.org is free software, available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Remember, this is NOT a clone of Microsoft office and as such it does some of the things in a different way which may not be obvious to the hardened Word or Excel user. However, for the vast majority of users, it will do everything that they require with a little bit of training.

Scribus
http://www.scribus.net/

Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application. Native versions are available for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, OS/2, and Microsoft Windows. It is known for its broad feature set of page layout features comparable to leading commercial applications such as Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.

Scribus is designed for flexible layout and typesetting, and the ability to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms. Example uses include writing small newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters and books.