Linux viewed as XP replacement
Computer users on the defunct Windows XP do not have to buy costly upgrades to bolster their security but can download an alternative program for free, a computer expert has said.
Microsoft retired the Windows XP operating system last month which made the software unsupported and open to viruses and cyber attacks.
St Luke’s Church Reverend Derek Harding, who has more than 30 years experience working in the IT industry in Europe, said the Linux program was free and proved to be more secure than Windows 7.
However, BP Computers operational manager Brad Clark said Linux was not mainstream and would frustrate computer users that weren’t technically savvy.
Small business and home computer users on XP who used their computer for security related tasks such as emailing or internet banking were no longer secure after April 8.
Harding said the free Linux system which is popular in America, Europe and China looks similar to Windows and can be used for security related tasks.
The most common version, Linux Mint, can be downloaded from linuxmint.com .
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