Armispian Systems : Services : System Conversion

By: Armispian Systems  09-12-2011
Keywords: Windows, Linux, Open Source Software

Armispian Systems does system conversion, converting Windows systems to Linux systems mainly, but also converting from commercial software to Free Open Source Software. This process often involves some training of the end users so that they are able to use the newly converted system effectively.


Armispian Systems believes strongly that the software that you are using should be legal, and has found that in most cases FOSS often does as good or a better job than commercial software does, so in many cases will encourage the use of FOSS to clients when considering changing how the client works with hir system.

Some examples of Open Source software that work as well or better than commercial software are Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Firefox, OpenOffice, and VLC Media Player.


There are a number of licenses that are out there, there are proprietary/commercial licenses which vary with every piece of software you install (even Microsoft does not appear to be using the same licence for all software). There are a number of Open Source licenses, the most common probably is the GPL, LGPL, and Apache Licence. All of these are "OSI Approved". A number of "Open Source" licence do not quite meet there criteria, but are still in use anyway.

We like to use licenses that are OSI Approved, as this gives us a fair understanding of what the licence is saying in broad strokes by that alone. A lot of the software that we use uses the GPL, or LGPL licenses. We also use a number of pieces of software that are commercial licenses, which we honestly do not understand. This web page is being written on a combination of software including Inkscape, GIMP, and Eclipse, which are open source, and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver which are commercial equivalents. Often the "best" way to get a job done is to use multiple pieces of software, each doing what it does best.

Conversions Done

We have done a number of conversions. One conversion was taking a Windows 95 system and installing Linux on that machine. That machine continues to run Linux, and continues to be in use. It also has gone through a number of different versions (distributions) of Linux, over the years, and is almost at the point of retirement.

Another conversion that was done was converting a Windows 2000 machine to Kubuntu Linux. This was a recently done conversion. The machine like the other one was changing hands at that time and the current users are working their way to getting the stuff they have on their Windows ME machine over to the new Kubuntu machine.

A third conversion we have done is not a conversion as much of an existing system, but the replacement of the Windows 2000 system with a Windows XP system.

All of these conversions have required training of the people who will be using these systems. Often this is ongoing. Depending on what is involved a lot of this id often a number of short walk-throughs that are not charged for individually.

Keywords: Commercial Software, Linux, Open Source Software, Windows,

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Armispian Systems : Services : System Setup

One thing that we are working on getting working as best we can is what Apple calls Bonjour, which is a form of network configuration which is supposed to allow you to simply plug in comparable devices in and have them instantly configured on the network. Armispian Systems will install legal software for you, but will look for the best quality that meets the needs of the client for the lowest price.


Armispian Systems : Services : System Diagnosis

For instance, checking that all the setting for the sound system look like they are right, may point somewhat to a problem with the speakers, or how the speakers are attached to the computer. In the event that the technician is unable to come up with an appropriate solution, a referral is made to someone who sie believes will be able to come up with a solution.


Armispian Systems : Services

At the current time all the technicians are self taught, so do not always have experience with dealing with what you are currently experiencing. They have worked with a number of different types of systems including Windows, Linux, and some experience with working with Mac systems. Armispian Systems offers a number of services the main ones are, System Setup, System Conversion, and System Diagnosis.