May
7
2014

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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  • You MUST provide links and proper references when you are writing about books or articles that appear in magazines or web sites. This is getting ridiculous.

  • People don’t use operating systems, they use applications – and when someone is still on Windows XP, it’s safe to assume that their software does not run on Linux and in many cases maybe not even on Windows 7.

    Just because MS no longer supports XP (at least not for free) does not make XP “defunct”. It very much still works – it will only become a security problem over time.

    Since when is Mint the most common flavor of Linux? Distrowatch is not even remotely a reliable source for such statistics.

    Generally, I think it’s nonsense to try and sell Linux as an alternative to XP. Like that quote from Steve Jobs says: People don’t use operating systems, they use applications. And Linux cannot be an alternative when the applications won’t run on it. For most people, it will simply be more cost effective to buy a Windows 7 or Windows 8 license than it will be to migrate to Linux.

    Trying to advertise Linux as a drop-in replacement for XP simply is not a good idea.

  • What kind of article is this? Linux Mint is nowhere near the most common GNU+Linux system, and I expect any author on Full Circle Magazine to know that.

  • I agree with these comments on a few levels.
    1) Yes, Those still using XP probably have programs that ONLY run on XP.
    2) Yes, only those “technically” asstute will be able to deal with LINUX

    On the other hand, as the friend/family techie who never gets paid I would find alternatives for “XP ONLY” programs and as far as “more cost effective to just get Win7/8″, the only reason most do not JUST DO IT is they cannot afford new hardware (which, apparently is the only way Windows can keep itself secure, i.e. UEFI firmware that in many cases cannot deal with backward installing Win7 – HP2000 for example)

    And that then leaves the SUGGESTED 2GB ram that many old machines do not have and are not worth it because the video is also marginal.

    That leaves a low resource for my “associates” who will then not call ME for malware, “whats this message I get from my anti-virus”, “Why is this so slow”, “I got all these POPUPS and I don’t know where they came from”.

    From experience, I put them on Lubuntu or Pepperment (Yeah, Mint is for BETTER systems, I agree, not dogs) and then they do not nearly call me as much, And THAT is reason alone to suggest Linux.

    If they want to play games, suggest an XBOX. If they want a system that makes their cheap-brand computer they thought was a “good deal” actually work then LINUX it is or they can call the computer guy at $50-$100 an hour to deal with their stubbornness.

    The fact that my “associates” will no longer be savvy enough to download every piece of eye-candy software that causes more issues then most security issues will is a GOOD THING! That’s how most ended up with slow, infected systems in the first place.

    Do make me have to use my elderly mom as an example.

    Yeah, distrowatch seems a little shaky with their “popularity votes” but I’d wish someone would suggest or publish a better resource.

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