COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Indian Creek supplies custom built computers available with Linux Mint OS and multiple hardware options. We have been building these systems for over ten years for both office and personal use. These are the computers we use.

Features

These systems require no anti-virus software as they cannot be infected by common circulating viruses and malware. Plus, they perform with a level of stability well beyond standard Windows based systems.

Linux Mint has a clean, traditional menu-driven desktop with no in-your-face advertising and apps. Many standard programs are pre-installed with another 85,000+ programs, games and utilities available at no cost.

Current LTS (Long Term Support) versions available are Linux Mint 18, with automatic updates supplied into 2021, and Linux Mint 19, with automatic updates supplied into 2023.

Updates

When updates for system components and installed software become available, they are automatically queued for you to install with a single click. The worries of "Patch Tuesday" (more info below) are never a concern plus no more frustrations with Windows doing updates at random times, with no notification.

Remote Access

All builds come with remote access capability using a program called Teamviewer. This has been an excellent tool for efficiently helping people as we can show things on the local screen as if we were there in person.

When you call us for tech support, you can launch Teamviewer, give us the displayed partner ID and password on the phone, which will let us open a Teamviewer session to your computer.

As a security measure, Teamviewer cannot function unless you start the program from your desktop. Once you close Teamviewer, the remote session is disconnected, plus a new/different password is generated each time Teamviewer is started.

Conversions

Over the past 2-3 years, in addition to building new systems, we have done conversions on many, many computers. Often, what appears to be a 'bad' computer (hardware) is just the problem of a poorly functioning OS which the conversion process solves. This consists of backing up any files wished to be saved, wiping the hard drive by installing the the new OS, and restoring the saved files. Most of these conversions were done on relatively new hardware.

Hardware Options

Upright/vertical enclosures are now available as well as the original flat style 'cigar-box-size' cases. This vertical style enclosure has a very small footprint and can be used on a desk or shelf with limited space.

We continue to use the latest versions of fast, energy efficient ("green") system boards in our builds. Features include multi-VGA output support, overcurrent / overvoltage protection, and DDR4 RAM compatibility.

One of the most interesting boards we have seen, and that we are using, has an integrated Intel four core / four thread processor, making it very quick, but with a total power draw of only 10 watts! This makes for both a fast and completely fanless hardware build.


Who uses Linux?
(from https://opensource.com/resources/linux)

You’re probably already using Linux, whether you know it or not. Depending on which user survey you look at, between one- and two-thirds of the webpages on the Internet are generated by servers running Linux.

Companies and individuals choose Linux for their servers because it is secure, and you can receive excellent support from a large community of users, in addition to companies like Canonical, SUSE, and Red Hat, which offer commercial support.

Many of the devices you own probably, such as Android phones, digital storage devices, personal video recorders, cameras, wearables, and more, also run Linux. Even your car has Linux running under the hood.


Please call 830-796-7788 to set a time to see a demonstration.


Patch Tuesday
On the second Tuesday of each month Microsoft issues a list of all security updates needed to "patch" flaws and vulnerabilities in its various Windows operating systems and related software. This event has come to be known as "Patch Tuesday".

Sampling of recent months vulnerabilities:

July 10, 2018
Patch Tuesday, July 2018 Edition "...14 updates to fix more than 50 security flaws in Windows and associated software."
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/patch-tuesday-july-2018-edition/

June 12, 2018
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, June 2018 Edition "...updates to fix more than four dozen security holes in Windows...."
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/06/microsoft-patch-tuesday-june-2018-edition/

May 08, 2018
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, May 2018 Edition "...at least 67 holes in its various Windows operating systems...."
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/05/microsoft-patch-tuesday-may-2018-edition/

For more detail and earlier months' editions, click here.