Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/186591/windows-xp-support-ends-today-heres-how-to-switch-to-linux/
Microsoft is done supporting Windows XP. If you want security patches, you’ll have to buy an new boxed copy of Windows or a new PC — or you can switch to Linux and get free security updates for years to come.
I am using Puppy Linux 5.7.1 with Windows XP. How I can connect to the Internet on Puppy Linux? My modem has 'Connect on Demand' configuration.
Ending support for XP is way overdue, it should have been done years ago.
I switched to Linux a long time ago and have never wanted to go back to Windows (7 and 8 included). I'm happily using Linux Mint and PCLinux.
I am sorry, but anyone who hasn't switched off of that antique OS probably doesn't know much about Linux or any other alternate OS and will most likely remain on XP until their machines die.
Have to agree 100%. What is sad is that some foreign governments, like the UK and Netherlands are paying MS a ton of money to have XP support for one more year.
In all fairness, many of the people still using XP are using it because they simply can't afford to buy a new version of Windows. It is true that most of them probably don't know much about Linux, but then neither do most people who have been upgrading to each new release of Windows. I'm glad that the folks at HTG and others have been making such an effort to inform people about Linux; what it can do and how to install it. I'm convinced that the only reason most people have kept using Windows is that they think the only other option is an over-priced Mac.
Thank you Chris H. for this article. A friend of mine contacted me yesterday with what should I do? Then how long will windoz 7 be supported. My advice was buy a refurbished computer with windoz 7. Get a couple Linux live discs and decide if you want to use Linux. All strange to him and I've emailed all sorts of suggestions. So your article seems to explain lots and again, thank you.
I just recently got my brother's laptop running Linux Mint. He had Windows 7 originally, and it was his first Micro$oft machine. He had grown up on Macs and got tired of Winblows. He's quite happy with Linux, especially since I installed Cairo dock and made his desktop look very close to Mac OSX.
Why not upgrade to windows 7 ? a friend of mine had a pentium 4 machine with 1GB of ram i added an extra 512MB of ram and installed windows 7 and it runs smoothly windows 7 and 8 run very well on low end hardware
I too ditched Windows a ways back, for Linux & OSX. Loved 95, loved 98, I guess I was one of the few who actually liked ME, and flipped over XP. Didn't like Vista or W7 (stuck with XP), and when W8 came out I dropped my jaw, dropped my arms, and walked away.
If someone's looking to move from XP to Linux the first thing I'd recommend would be Mint with the Mate desktop. It's more XP-like than Vista or W7, and certainly more so than W8. If you want to use Linux and still need to run specific XP software the best thing is to run XP itself in a VM.
I'd like to add that if you're the DIY type you don't have to buy a Mac to go OSX. I did the Hack thing and if you do it right it works fine. I have a HP Probook and Gigabyte/i7 tower (both Mtn Lion), and a MSI/i7 tower running Mint with the Cinnamon desktop.
I use linux for normal day to day usage... but I really still need my windows OS for gaming.
No need to make comments such as Winblows, etc. Attitudes such as this stir up a spirit of intolerance in those who may want to make the switch. The effect is the same as an ex-alcoholic showing intolerance of drinking as an institution. Experience shows this will not help the sick alcoholic because of such stupidity for after all no one likes to be told how "bad" their thing is by one who hates it.
I use Linux. I still keep Windows around but I hardly use it. People should have the freedom to decide which OS they want to use and should not be mocked for their choice(s). There is no more shame in running Windows as there is in running linux, mac, BSD etc
If you like linux I would rather hear how linux enhances your experience rather than how "bad" another OS is. Same for the other OSs. How is it beneficial to use the OS you use. Anyone can bad mouth the other choices. That is pretty lame in my opinion.
"In all fairness, many of the people still using XP are using it because they simply can't afford to buy a new version of Windows."
Actually, the main reason is compatibility with specific applications. Most WinXP installations still in place are enterprise, not consumer, but even the consumer installs are most often to run old software.
I recommend LXLE 12.4.04 which is a (light) fork of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. There is an XP paradigm which makes you more comfy going from XP to linux. Works great on older PCs. Regards shaligm
I agree with @Robert_Zanol, support for XP should have ended long ago. I don't get why countries are paying Microsoft tons of money to extend support for another year. Everyone knew for a few years when XP support will end, given enough time to either upgrade or change OS... anyway, to contribute to this discussion, I moved to Linux Mint and I'm a happy user of it. Actually, I dual-booted it with Windows 8 because I have quite a rich library of games on Steam, I don't want to give that up. Other than gaming, I don't use Windows OS as much.
I'm not giving a bad name to Microsoft or Windows, because I think they have done a brilliant job. However, I like to tinker, customize, discover how things work, therefore it was a long time coming for me to switch OSes. I feel good when I get something working under Linux and it looks good on my CV too
I/m using it because I like it. Windows 7 is inferior. And they say XP is ancient. Those Linux images are very old looking. Windows 95 looks better than Linux even. Linux is not ready for prime time.
Actually, most XP installations still in place are home users in other countries, as well as many in the U.S. who didn't want Vista when it came out. Even for many of the enterprise installations the cost of upgrading has been a strong determining factor in keeping XP.
Just tried to run Ubuntu in windows (as explained in a different artical) and it didnt work. All it done was blue screened me. I have never used linux before and know nothing about it, but I followed the instructions to the letter. As a first time "attempted" user I dont think I will bother again. I will stick with windows as it just works.
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