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The church is a place for believers to gather as a family, finding and refining our callings. The tech side of church life should be to support and enhance those callings. How we get it done is more practical and preferential than anything else. The¬† Linux operating system¬† is just another tool to get things done. In my experience it is a tool with minor limitations but for small and mid-size churches its benefits can outweigh any limitation, real or perceived. The vast majority of churches using the Windows platform may benefit by using Linux in terms of security, cost, software choice, development and reliability. If you’ve never tried a Linux based distribution the choices may seem overwhelming. Do you need a light weight distro to carry out basic tasks or a heavy, fully loaded desktop with various effects in which power consumption is not much of a concern? I have found that a light weight desktop with low to medium power consumption will meet most church tech needs. This also allows 24/7 access (without the guilt) and reasonable performance levels.

With cloud based storage and applications more common now most of the limitations Linux presented in the past are just that, a thing of the past. Office applications, multimedia tools, remote access and sound integration can all be confidently done. Techordance, In the Church, hopes to be a bridge to those considering “testing the waters” and a faithful guide to those who make the transition. God bless you in your calling, for God’s Glory.