Mint is a Good Direction to Go

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As Windows xp users are slowly thinking about changing computers or those who have old hardware which frankly is very serviceable and only made useless by the Windows inefficiency of use of hardware should consider an alternative to Windows 8 and Apple.

One alternative which should be considered which will both give the Windows xp users an interface which they are familiar with and not have to abandon their old hardware which on the whole is still very serviceable and far from the end of its life is to replace the Windows xp on the computer with Linux Mint with xfce desktop.

This also has the added advantage in these times where money is short it will save the Windows xp user money as they will not have to buy new hardware and pay over the odds for an operating system which frankly not liked by the majority of users.

Why do I say this?

Because I have already done this for a friend who was given an old laptop running Windows xp which would have to be thrown away because frankly when it was running Windows it life span as a viable computer had come to end not because of the hardware but software.

But I installed Linux Mint with xfce desktop on the said laptop which breathed life back to the hardware and produced a laptop which was usable because it ran fast enough to be used again.

The friend in question now uses the laptop more than his Windows desktop simply because it is more stable and usable than his Windows computer with little or no problems simply because the xfce desktop is so similar to the Windows xp desktop with few minor differences.

Would I recommend that all Windows xp users do this?

The answer is yes especially if the user is just someone who uses their computer for browsing the internet, basic word processing and collecting their email as it will mean it will save them money and they will not have to go through the trauma and headache of learning the new Windows 8 desktop which frankly is very messy and user unfriendly!

Oh, the one other big advantage is the days of the constant battle with viruses and malware users are having with Window computers while surfing the internet will be greatly reduced even eliminated when the users go to Linux Mint. Basically the Windows xp user can surf the internet for a first time in a long while safely.

A good place to start is at the Linux Mint site and follow the download link and download the xfce desktop version of Linux Mint: Linux Mint

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Leaving Windows Behind Forever!

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It must be few years now I have stopped using Microsoft Windows and started to use Linux on all my computers.

And to be frank it has been best thing I have ever done on the computer in my life as I have said before I now enjoy a relatively problem free computer use without the constant maintenance, stability and virus issues of Microsoft Windows.

On top of which with the use of an ever growing and improving Open Source Software library on the internet I have managed in the last few years to do things which I could only of dreamt of on a Microsoft Windows computer. It has allowed me to mess around and experiment what I can do with my computer at home on a computer stable and forgiving enough not to have to reset the computer because something has gone wrong.

What it means in the end as far as I am concerned is that I will never use Microsoft Windows again here at home as I would now find it as an operating system very limited, to unstable and at a great variance how I use my computer now.

I would not recommend everyone should ditch their Microsoft Windows Computers but for people like myself who want to do more than just use a computer for more than surfing the web, word processing, that is basic stuff but for people like myself who want to do more and more interesting things on their computer it is a must.

My next purchase of a computer will either be a build my own in the case of a desktop or a bare bone computer simply because I will get hardware which will support Linux or any other operating system I require.

I have left Windows behind forever!

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Microsoft Are Still Flogging a Dead Horse!

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Considering the growing dislike of Microsoft Windows 8 amongst domestic users as they get to use it everyday and with prospect of business taking up Microsoft Windows 8 which currently not good it got me wondering just why Microsoft are being so persistent at trying to push users to use their new operating system?

I understand that Microsoft have invested heavily in Windows 8 development which in itself is very mystifying as it has not gone unnoticed to likes of myself that Windows 8 has same base as Windows 7 with a few major tweaks regardless of the fact Microsoft claim it is a brand new operating system.

But this constant tweaking Microsoft is doing to Windows 8 to make it acceptable to it’s jaded users must be costing them a fortune as every developer knows it takes a lot more time and cost to modify software after its release. Add to this the fact they are now starting to add features which were removed from Windows 8 and existed in previous versions of Windows because of the user outcry and dislike of look and feel of Windows 8.

I must not be only one out there in real world is starting to think with reception Windows 8 and variants have had, plus the lack of enthusiasm of business world to take up of the operating system are starting to wonder just why Microsoft just cut their losses and simply produce an upgrade of existing Windows 7, and earlier operating systems, which users like and now comfortable with on computers.

Microsoft’s actions to force users in one go to change their operating system has failed big time as users can be extremely set in their ways. If Microsoft had been really paying attention the market over the years they would of known users were very conservative as if they were not the likes of Linux would have had a bigger foot hold in the market already!

Plus those executives and decision makers within Microsoft had been actually observing the Linux world would of seen a similar problem Ubuntu and Gnome 3 had being accepted within the Linux world because of the use of an application based desktop. Basically Linux users simply do not like these sort of desktops on computers to a point much like Microsoft Ubuntu is having to reintroduce features they took out which were from previous versions of Ubuntu.

Personally it is high time Microsoft stopped flogging the dead horse called Windows 8 much like ME and vista before it and swallow their pride as if they continue to follow the current cause of Windows 8 they are heading for a disaster or difficult times ahead especially within business aide of computing as Windows 8 is really not up for the job of serious computing.

All I can say Microsoft stop flogging the head horse called Windows 8 as it really not worth the effort any more!

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Windows XP May Be Old But Not Down and Out!

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It seams that once again Microsoft have done a bit of a u-turn on Windows XP yet again rather than finally announcing the end of Windows XP virus warning on the 8th April 2014 instead they announced they were extending such warning until the 14th July 2015.

All because around of 30% of both domestic and commercial users still use Microsoft Windows XP even 12 years after it’s launch jointly because of failure of Vista and the inability of such users to adapt the way they use their computers to later versions of Windows both 7 and 8.

Basically after Windows XP Microsoft shot themselves in the foot by radically changing their operating system rather than previously when their operating systems were true upgrades so users found it much easier to migrate.

Add to this that each of Microsoft’s subsequent operating systems after XP have been pale reflections of XP in so much all have been less stable and usable. Microsoft in trying to improve their operating systems by rewriting them, especially with Vista, to make them faster and more secure have created a batch of operating systems which are frankly not up to the job unlike Windows XP was.

As I have said before it is going to be interesting for Microsoft when these Windows XP users finally have to stop using their computers as they are certainly not going to upgrade to later versions of Microsoft Window’s Operating Systems considering their dislike of such operating systems.

If anything as a group they are going to more open to using other operating systems as after all they are going have to change their software they run anyway. Plus they already have a very negative view of Microsoft’s later operating systems to a point they rather stick with 12-year old operating system rather then upgrade.

If Microsoft do nothing about these user they are potentially going to lose more share of the operating system market both on the domestic and commercial sides. We already know Microsoft will not do anything as they are so arrogant they assume there users will come round and everyone else know they will not such is their determination.

It is a testament to the Microsoft Software Engineers who created Windows XP as it is still being used some 12 years later and still much loved by it users even with it little problems here and there. Something has to be put in context here as an operating system Windows XP is not old fashioned as such considering likes of Linux are modifications to older UNIX operating systems which now are some 20 years plus old.

Basically the life spans of base operating systems and software can be measured in decades not years as the media would like you to believe. This mainly because software developers now rarely create new base software but improve on existing software because it is a lot easier and cost effective which again something lost by media in general.

Personally Microsoft rather than keep putting back Windows XP demise should actually modify Windows XP to work with newer hardware and devices as after all it would give them a better chance to keep the large majority of the current XP users. Plus they may actually regain their share of the market they have lost due to their newer operating systems.

But sadly Microsoft will continue presence course and cut lose their loyal Windows XP users without a thought.

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Calling All Windows XP Users!

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This year Microsoft’s support for Windows XP ends leaving all of them high and dry without any support though normally this would not be a problem but Windows XP users are very loyal to the operating system itself mainly because it has been one of the best and reliable operating systems created by Microsoft.

I know for me that is a very strange thing to say but personally Windows XP does have its problems but of all the Microsoft Operating Systems it was very reliable, robust and most importantly easy to use. After Windows XP Microsoft’s operating systems have gone downhill both in usability and efficiency of resource usage to a point it is absolutely ridiculous in Windows 8.1!

This stopping of support of Windows XP by Microsoft is going to cause major problems with the XP users as they are very loyal to the operating system and like the interface and feel of the operating system and bar a few are very dubious about Windows 8.1 especially because of it’s looks, feel and lack of real usability.

My personal recommendation to these Windows XP users who do not want to use the later versions of Windows is to take the plunge and move to Linux especially those distributions which use desktops which look similar to Windows XP so the learning curve in the switch is minimal. Add to this it would also mean the Windows XP user would not have to change their hardware as if anything the Linux will give their old hardware a new lease of life.

There will be those Windows XP users out there who will say that such a change would mean they could not run software they currently use but this would of also be true if they were to upgrade to Windows 8.1 as they would have to change the software anyway so they would be in the same position.

The other worry some Windows XP users will have is the loss of data in the change of operating system which simply will not happen as Linux will still read the Windows files and large majority of associated Open Source software will allow the import of Windows files so not a real problem.

In conclusion I recommend that Windows XP take the plunge and convert to Linux especially those Linux Distributions which use similar desktops to Windows XP as they will find they will continue to use computer with a familiar desktop and use their existing hardware saving them money and heart ache in the long run.

Finally the Linux distribution I would recommend because of it’s closeness to Windows XP in looks with a wide availability of easy to use Open Source packages and the fact it works on old hardware so well is Linux Mint with the xfce desktop which can be found following the link

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Microsoft Windows is Becoming an Even Bigger Joke!

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I am still waiting for people in general to wake up to what a joke Microsoft Windows operating systems have become in so much of all the operating systems currently on the market as it is the only operating system you have to pay for and what do you get for your money?

An operating system whose older versions are so full of security holes and exploits even with the best security software are very susceptible to attack plus the fact the newer versions both difficult to use or do anything cleaver with them.

What makes the newer version even more of the joke is the fact that every other operating system works out of the box but Microsoft Windows 8 simply does not. The most common thing people want to do is watch a dvd easy on any other operating system not Windows 8 where the user has actually download an application from Microsoft to play a dvd!

I know I am boring people with this but it has to be said until users wake up to the fact just how poor Microsoft Windows as a product is and wake up to the fact that there are real alternatives including Apple.

For change to take place people have to start to demand a change or things will remain the same and they will continue to have to suffer the problems of Microsoft Windows and nothing will ever change for the better!

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Linux is Still Making Computing Fun!

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With all the user disqualification and disappointment with Microsoft Windows 8 it seams I must be one of few users who still finds messing around with computers both fun and challenging outside of Apple users.

My secret being that I use Linux on my computers along with a growing number of users who are discovering same as me that Linux brings back something long been missing in computing which is fun and innovation.

At the same time as those users who still believe the lies that Microsoft is the standard and only operating system on computers myself and others who are prepared to break this mould and experiment with Linux and it’s derivatives have found we end up with a better experience with our computers in general.

We are free from the constant problems associated with Microsoft Windows which include constant maintenance, virus attacks and updates which both fix problems and cause more problems which has allowed us to actually move on from fighting the software to actually do things new with their computers.

It has allowed me to do things with my computer which I could of only dreamed of on a Windows Computer and allowed me to use my computer as a creative tool without the worry of an operating system constantly causing me problems.

As I have said before Linux brings fun back to computing!

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Linux: A Wonderful Tool to the Mind Active!

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One thing I am finding using Linux is that is wonderful tool to keep my mind active as every month of so I learn something new which even at my age is something which I still enjoy. This is something I would of never got if I either used an Apple or Windows computers.

A recent example being a recent update of Crunchbang which messed up the display driver on both my desktop and laptop I had to figure out how to fix it which with a spark of inspiration I fixed it hence I once again learned something new.

Linux may be a remarkably stable operating system from my personal experience it is also good operating system to learn the ins and outs of operating systems and software in general something much needed by people who want to work or still work in the computer industry in general. Once again something both Apple and Windows Computers fail to do as their operating systems and software tend to be closed and difficult to learn from because of their basic nature.

One final thing for someone my age or general enthusiast it keeps minds active staving off the lethargy caused by inactive mind. As I said before it brings back the fun in computing and allows people to explore computers and software at a lower level.

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Apple Puts Another Nail into Microsoft’s Coffin!

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Apple have surprisingly giving it’s next upgrade of operating system, Maverick, absolutely free!

I know that Apple operating systems have always been cheap but it is still unusual for a big American Corporation to give something for free. It may be on Apple’s part a very cleaver move on their part realising the future direction of the software industry or simply a very good marketing ploy.

Either way it is yet another nail in Microsoft’s Windows 8 coffin in so much now at £100 pounds for Windows 8.1 it makes Windows one of the few domestic operating systems which is now not free. If anything it makes it look expensive especially now with both Apple and Linux operating systems are now free.

Myself I have to start to wonder, even with Microsoft recent increase of profits, just how long Microsoft and other major software writes can really survive in a computer world becoming more dominated by free software and operating systems including Open Source Software!

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New Dark Desktop!

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It has been one of those weekends so far when I have been a bit restless so I have been messing around with the desktop on my main desktop again.

As the desktop goes across two screen which sadly a different size and one had the same desktop as my laptop which really did not sit well with the other desktop as it was too light I went back to deviant art web site and found a more fitting desktop.

I like the resulting desktop is shown below:

scrappy-doo desktop 5th October 2013

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Microsoft Still in Crisis!

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After yet another story on Read Write about Microsoft’s current problems it seams their troubles will be far from over when Steve Ballmer goes!

It now seems 3 major investors now are also sighting Bill Gates as also the source of Microsoft’s problems and they also want him off the board of Microsoft. I found this very ironic as it was Bill Gates at the start of Microsoft who pushed the corporation forward.

But it seams, like Steve Ballmer, that Bill Gates has held back the company in recent years and he is responsible for Microsoft’s current slipping position within the computer world.

I must not be only one who is observing Microsoft current problems who think that the investors are blaming everyone else or looking for scape goats rather doing something about Microsoft’s problems which have been caused by the investors themselves whose own greed pushed Microsoft into it’s current position.

What is coming very clear to myself Microsoft may have been the biggest supplier of operating systems and office software with some sidelines including gaming consoles with absolutely nothing new in the pipeline other than much of the same legacy software re-imaged for tablets devices.

Frankly Microsoft in it’s current state cannot survive as the momentum of Open Source Software and Operating Systems increases especially in Europe where governments are actively removing Microsoft Windows of their computers in place of Linux especially in France and Germany.

Sadly I see nothing changing within Microsoft even with new leadership as their problems are so ingrained into their very culture a new leader will have impossible job of changing this culture. At the moment Microsoft days are numbered along with other big computer companies as the computer world moves on into other more innovative and usable technologies!

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Living With Linux and Without Windows!

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All I can say since I ditched Microsoft Windows off my computers and replaced it with Linux on all my computers at home I have not looked back. I know I have said this before but it is worth repeating so those people out of there who are still scared but want to change gets the message.

Basically since I changed at home to using exclusively using Linux, in my case Crunchbang Linux, on my computers I have done more with my computers than I ever did when I used Microsoft’s Windows and found it even easier to do so than under Windows.

In the last year on my Linux Computers I have created my homepage, hosted the web site and blog on one Linux Computer, potentially dj both onto the internet and Second Life and finally just use computers as I would of done under windows. All this frankly would have been far more difficult and if anything impossible using Windows as I did try and give up in the past.

I would also like to emphasise here the last point I can use my Linux Computers exactly the same as my previous Windows Computers that is to serf the internet, write using a word processor, get emails even read documents without the usual constant maintenance you get when using a Windows Program.

What I am saying both for range of users from the light user to a demanding user like myself Linux should be first choice because of it’s stability and now sheer usability now even for those users who are not experienced users.

Linux certainly comes into it’s own for users like myself as it has allowed me to experiment and learn more about computers, and software something which Windows never allowed me to do easily. Over the past year I have done more and been more creative on my computer than I was ever on my Windows computer!

Back to Crunchbang Due to Circumstances!

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All because of the various problems of the new Singularity Second Life Viewer which caused a lot of problems on my main Linux Desktop I needlessly changed it’s Operating System to Linux Mint and now back to Crunchbang Linux 11 all to find it was the viewer itself causing the problems as other Second Life Viewers worked just fine on Linux in general.

Now once again both my laptop and one remaining desktop are now running Crunchbang Linux 11 once again something I am happy about as of all the Linux’s I have used have been the best and most stable when used in anger.

Though as always the best way to look at my recent problems is that it is a good learning curve as each time I reset up my Linux Desktop I gain more experience of setting up a Linux Computer especially to get one to run a Second Life Viewer.

Regardless of my recent problems I suspect I am about to cause few more by hosting my personal web site on my Linux Desktop as my site hits are always low but once again I am hopeful as I suspect that the setting up of Apache and associated packages will be a lot easier on Crunchbang Linux than Linux Mint.

I am now rather looking forward to it especially when for once I will have far more control over the hosting of my web site. So wish me luck over the next few weeks.

Linux: Keeps Getting Better!

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Around a few months ago I had to change the Linux’s on both my two working computers because of various issues including usual problem with the Second Life Viewer failing to run on the main computer which is the major reason why my main desktop is kept running.

So I had to reinstall the Linux on both the desktop and laptop choosing Crunchbang 11 for the laptop and Mint Linux with xfce desktop for the desktop which both installed easily and both certainly ended up doing the jobs they were intended to do.

But what has come out from this exercise is that is has highlighted both that Linux is very sensitive to the hardware it works on and it seams to take time to settle as an operating system on the hardware itself.

It was more apparent on the Crunchbang 11 which when first put on the laptop just after it’s release was not exactly the fasted Linux in the world if anything it was performance wise a very disappointing indeed. But now a few months on the said same Linux, after a few updates, has turned out to be a remarkably stable Linux whose performance now is impressive on the less than powerful hardware of the laptop.

Strangely a similar thing has happened with Mint Linux Computer though not as dramatic but as the Linux embeds itself on to a machine it gets more stable and faster. Though I should not be surprised by this as Linux is based upon Unix which needs to be tweaked initially to get it working well on hardware which Linux seams to itself.

So from my experience if a Linux seams slow initially on a computer give it a week or so to settle on the hardware and if it has not speeded up or became stable it is the wrong Linux for the hardware. There are those doubters out there who will use such an argument against Linux but it is a necessity for such operating systems and always ends up with more stable and faster computer which is a pleasure to use.

Windows 8: A Told You So Moment!

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This week Microsoft has finally announced the return of the Start Button to Windows 8 which was much predicted by large number of computer pundits and people like myself who actually spent time listening to people around us. This is a told you so moment for such people who have been hammering on and on the fact Microsoft made a mistake by removing the Start Button in the first place.

It is also a massive U-Turn on Microsoft’s part who have had finally had to admit that some parts of Windows 8 are simply are not liked by the large majority of users both domestic and business. Microsoft are trying to put the spin that the media has ignored those who said good things about Windows 8 knowing full well a large majority of Media has either been indifferent or hostile about Windows 8 especially connected to the Computer Industry.

If anything Microsoft’s attempts to make a good job of their bad job of Windows 8 sounds hallow and it is treated with contempt by the media including the mainstream newspapers like The Financial Times. Simply Microsoft by trying to emphasise the good points of Windows 8 rather than admit their mistakes they are making their situation worse as they further erode their credibility as a serious software writers in the eyes of the Computer Industry in general.

Personally I don’t see the return of the Start Button to Windows 8 will save the day for Microsoft or Windows 8 as it has not gone far enough as the Start Button leads to the Mono Desktop not a Menu as in the previous versions of Windows which the users were asking for. Once again Microsoft have failed to fully listen to its users but it is a small step in the right direction.

In conclusion it may be a told you so moment but the damage to the Computer Industry by Microsoft’s Windows 8 has already been done from retail to software writers and it is going to be a long haul to rebuild everything back to what it was before the release of Windows 8!

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