It is a well known fact now that Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP, the end-of-life for Windows XP was announced on 8 April, 2014. No more security fixes for XP users and a new opportunity for cyber criminals to attack windows users. It will be very easy now to exploit Windows XP machines, easier than before. Ok, if you are a windows XP user, it is time to think about it, do you want your PC to get infected or attacked by zero day exploits? Of course not and you guys need a solution, right?
How about a free open source operating system? This operating system is called Ubuntu. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution which is absolutely free and it can work well on older system that so far worked on Windows XP. It offers safe internet browsing experience and makes sure your files stay untouchable by people who don’t have the right permission. Ubuntu is the world’s favourite free operating system and counts 20 million users at the moment of writing this article.
What are the minimum system requirements for Ubuntu Desktop Edition?
Ubuntu Desktop Edition
– 700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
– 512 MiB RAM (system memory)
– 5 GB of hard-drive space
– (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
– VGA capable of 1024×768 screen resolution
– Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Munich is trying to help Windows XP users by giving out Linux CDs with Ubuntu 12.04 which is a long term supported distro that will receive updates and security patches until April, 2017.
What are you doing?
Why don’t you do the same thing in your city or in the place where you live? Share your Linux CDs with your neighbours and explain to them why they should move to Open Source. I know it is hard to convince non tech people to leave Windows and run Linux on their machines, but if you tell them about the cost of the operating system and the facts that they don’t have to pay in order to receive updates, I think they will take your suggestion into consideration and think about it. I am not a Windows hater, because I am a computer geek and I love to explore things, but be for real, Linux is the future and it is showing it very well.