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Groovix Software

Linux for Human Beings

Groovix systems are based on Ubuntu, the most advanced and most popular Linux distribution available.

Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support.

Ubuntu includes more than 16,000 pieces of software, but the core desktop installation fits on a single CD. Ubuntu covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to web server software and programming tools.

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64-bit Software

All of our systems use AMD 64-bit processors. Buying 64-bit hardware means that you can take advantage of future 64-bit software when it is ready. 64-bit processors can run 64-bit software OR 32-bit software. For everyday computing the advantages of 64-bit software are negligible. Some software does not have a 64-bit version available yet, or the 64-bit version is not as reliable. We pre-install 32-bit software on our systems by default, but future upgrades will likely be 64-bit. If you would like your system preloaded with 64-bit software right now, we can accomodate that, but some programs and features may not be supported.

Gnome vs. KDE

Ubuntu uses the Gnome desktop environment by default. The Gnome desktop strives for simplicity and usability. Being the Ubuntu default, we have found that it gives the smoothest Ubuntu experience.

The KDE desktop is available as part of the Kubuntu version of Ubuntu, but can also be added to a standard Ubuntu installation. KDE tends to look a little more like MS Windows. The choice is trivial since you can try both Gnome and KDE out and switch back and forth every time you log out.