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It is being widely trumpeted in tech circles that soon Windows XP will no longer be updated by Microsoft. As a result, computers running the Windows XP operating system will be vulnerable to the bad guys who love to break into your system and wreak havoc on your lives.
Unfortunately, many people still own computers running Windows XP.
These systems may not have the resources to run a more modern version of Windows but we may not be willing or able to buy another computer right now. We may not want to upgrade the ones that can handle it either because new copies of Windows are not cheap.
We still have options available to us, however. Ubuntu is an extremely popular and user-friendly version of Linux that has been around for almost a decade1. Users are able to install Ubuntu for free on as many computers as they like.
Ubuntu comes complete with an office suite, communication, music, photo and other applications so that users can take care of business (and have fun as well). If the base install doesn’t provide what you need, there is the Ubuntu Software Center where you can choose from thousands of applications (most of which are free).
Other than Google’s Chrome, I have yet to find another Linux distribution as friendly to both newbies and experienced users alike. The Ubuntu Unity interface is reminiscent of the Apple operating system I loved so well. Like the Mac, there aren’t many viruses that can harm it either so in some ways it may be safer than the more popular alternative.
Since Windows XP will no longer be updated I installed the latest version of Ubuntu (12.04) on my old Toshiba laptop. I see no benefit in operating an obsolete, unsafe operating system when I can use a modern, safe one for free.
To my delight, Ubuntu seems to handle multitasking much easier than Windows on my older hardware and I have been using Ubuntu exclusively ever since.
If you have an older computer that you want to keep using you may want to give Ubuntu Linux a try. Installing Ubuntu will allow you to avoid the purchase of a new computer until your old one actually dies and may also allow you to revive systems suffering from a broken Windows operating system.
If you want I can post a step by step tutorial about installing Ubuntu. Let me know in the comments if you are interested.
Ubuntu first came out in October 2004 with version 4.10, nicknamed Warty Warthog. ↩
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