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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs 426

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SmartAboutThings writes "Windows XP is going to officially die and stop receiving support from Microsoft in April, 2014. After that very moment, it is said to become a gold mine for hackers all over the world who will exploit 'zero-day' vulnerabilities. The municipality of the German city of Munich wants to stop that from happening [and] has decided to distribute free CDs with Ubuntu 12.04 to users of the almost extinct XP. Munich, through its Gasteig Library, will prepare around 2000 CDs with Ubuntu 12.04 to offer to city residents affected by Windows XP's end of support. Previously, it was believed that Munich city's authorities were going to offer Lubuntu 12.04, which would have required lower system requirements with the same support period."
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

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  • Well... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by larpon (974081) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:00AM (#44872023)
    Ubuntu can be kept up to date and the latest with an internet connection - that's easier than buying a new version and re-install every time a new OS comes out. Question is if people know what it is and what to do with it.
  • XP rules! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by smooth wombat (796938) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:04AM (#44872063) Homepage Journal

    Going from a Windows 7 to an XP system is like night and day. Everything just works and works more smoothly. No hunting and having to search (why the fuck should I have to search for something on my own system?) for what I need. No buried menus to turn crap off.

    With XP I never have to wait for the system to tell me, a minute or so later, that I mistyped a network resource, the whole time preventing me from retyping the correct path.

    To use the tired phrase, "You can have my XP when you pry it from cold, dead hands."

  • by Lonewolf666 (259450) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:07AM (#44872095)

    By April 2014, Ubuntu 14.04 should arrive as the next LTS version.

    I would certainly want that (or a derived distribution) rather than Ubuntu 12.04, especially in a PC with AMD graphics. The open source drivers for ATI/AMD are still catching up in features and performance, and 14.04 vs. 12.04 should make a significant difference.

  • by jellomizer (103300) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:09AM (#44872119)

    Linux has never been a serious threat to Windows in the desktop area. What will happen is people will pick up the CD's because it is free, and never install them. As for things like loosing your existing programs, and possible your documents is a big deal. Chances are they will just see it as an opportunity to get new hardware. And will get Windows 8, they will complain and then get use to it, and not care anymore.

  • by jedidiah (1196) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:11AM (#44872129) Homepage

    That's not necessarily a bad thing. The problem with work-alikes is that people are prone to think that they actually work alike. The fact that something is different and actually looks it is really not such a bad thing.

    The whole problem with the GNOME3 interfaces was never so much that those interfaces suck but that they sabotaged the GNOME2 one in the process.

  • Re:XP rules! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by cbope (130292) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:13AM (#44872151)

    Sounds to me like you're just lazy. XP is missing all of the usability improvement that came in later versions (not necessarily counting 8). How do you snap two windows side by side in XP? Oh wait, you can't. How do you utilize more than 3GB of your memory in XP? You don't, unless you use the bastard child that was XP 64-bit, which almost nobody supports by the way. For me, 8GB is a good starting point for RAM for what I use a PC for.

    There are LOTS of usability tweaks in later versions. Please, just let XP die, it's had a good run but it's time to bury it. It's also ugly as hell next to a modern OS.

    I won't hesitate to guess that a majority of people are hanging on to XP only because they've got a cracked copy and don't want to buy a legitimate newer version.

  • by JackieBrown (987087) <> on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:13AM (#44872153)

    On the downside, how many kids/grandkids are there that will know how to fix their parents/grandparents Linux machines?

    Probably close to the same amount that will know how to fix their Windows 8 machine.

  • by TheRealMindChild (743925) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:26AM (#44872277) Homepage Journal
    I doubt that. Most of these people are using XP because it was the last consumer Windows with a volume license key. Just because the patches have stopped doesn't mean they are going to throw away their operating system. You will likely find they are running a bunch of Dell P4 machines that others have thrown out
  • by slashmydots (2189826) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:30AM (#44872315)
    I've had people accidentally install Windows 7 over Windows 7 and lose all their documents due to re-partitioning. So yeah, saying random citizens are qualified to make a full switch over to Linux themselves is ridiculous. Plus, then they end up with a printer that has no drivers or an unsupported or glitchy graphics card driver. Windows 8 is hell on Earth in UI form but at least it functions properly.
  • by Vanderhoth (1582661) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:44AM (#44872441)

    Windows 8 is hell on Earth in UI form but at least it functions properly.

    I don't really consider something as "functions properly" when it's "hell on Earth" to use.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @09:52AM (#44872529)

    In some countries in Europe, I live in the Netherlands, we see the government as a service organisation.
    We know we pay taxes because in return we get good quality roads, social security (which keeps crime rate low), police to help us (we and the police are still on friendly terms), schooling (increases profit and reduces crime). And although we might bitch a bit about our taxes, most of us gladly pay it.

  • by PopeRatzo (965947) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @10:03AM (#44872643) Homepage Journal

    But at least with Corporations you know they are in it to make money. But Government and other organizations often have a lot of agenda's.

    If you don't believe corporations have "a lot of agendas" I would suggest that you go look at a list of the sponsors of the American Legislative Exchange Council and then take a look at some of the laws ALEC is pushing in state legislatures around the country.

    The notion that Corporations=Good and Government=Bad is pretty naive.

  • by e70838 (976799) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @10:04AM (#44872649)
    Upgrading a system to install windows 8 instead of windows XP is very difficult for unqualified people and will require almost the same installation time than Ubuntu and will probably have more driver issues than ubuntu (ubuntu works better on old hardware than recent windows).

    I must admit that it is difficult to find qualified people on ubuntu.
  • by TheRealMindChild (743925) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @10:05AM (#44872665) Homepage Journal
    How are you going to google for instructions when your network card is a cheap belkin that won't work?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @10:31AM (#44872917)

    While I agree with your general feelings on the matter (except the part that MS has to guarantee you anything) I feel that your grammar and formatting take a lot away from your message.
    Delivery counts, nerds. At least make an attempt to write on the same level as the average 6th grader.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @10:40AM (#44872967)

    I envy you. I live in the US, and if I want decent roads, a safety net in case of job loss, funding so police can do their jobs, actual functioning schools that teach something other than consume, working fire departments, and emergency medical teams who don't care more about valid health insurance cards than patient signs, I get called "socialist".

    European prisons have a better quality of life than most people here in the US.

  • by 1u3hr (530656) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @10:44AM (#44873005)

    How are you going to google for instructions when your network card is a cheap belkin that won't work?

    On your phone. Laptop. Smart TV. I have the same problem when my PC is in pieces for any reason; I use a laptop to look up stuff to get it working. Do many households have one and only one way to access the net? And how ancient a PC is it that doesn't have ethernet on board? If worst comes to worst, spend $5 on a supported card.

    The only time we had a problem with Ubuntu and hardware was when we were waiting for broadband to be connected for a few days and had to use dialup. Ubuntu didn't recognise the modem port on the Dell laptop. Never needed to before or since though; I believe there are proprietary drivers but didn't bother to chase them up.

  • by Naosuke (662973) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @12:08PM (#44873857) Homepage
    Yeah! It's downright criminal that M$ won't continue to support an OS that came out before the Iraq war, or SARS, or the first US case of Mad Cow, or Gray Davis getting recalled, or Greenspan retiring from the fed, or Hurricane Katrina, or The release of three more operating systems from Microsoft.... Let's be reasonable. XP is four versions old at this point. It's time to put it out to pasture.
  • by Nikker (749551) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @12:17PM (#44873957)
    Most people will take it to BestBuy/ FS where they lug their old, dusty box up to the counter. The tech smirks and waits for it.

    Cust: "I want to upgrade my PC to 8!"
    Tech: "OK!, I will have to charge you $40 to look at it and clean it out, $60 for DDR2/DDR RAM that hasn't been made for 4 years, $50 for a PCIe GPU (you do want the fancy desktop right...?), $150 for the Windows 8 DVD, $100 to backup your old docs and viruses, and $150 to put windows and your viruses back on!"
    Cust: "Umm where is your computer dept again?"
  • by drcagn (715012) on Tuesday September 17, 2013 @12:35PM (#44874207) Homepage

    If these people are still running Windows XP, do you think they have smartphones and smart TVs?

    I do remote support for a fortune 500 company whose product is targeted at the general public, and every day I work on Windows XP machines with 512MB of RAM, etc. and these clients don't have any other machine in their house. In reality it's time to buy a new computer, but that's not an option for everyone sadly.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.