Mint was a Disappointment!

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In the end contrary to what I have said before Linux Mint turned out to be a big disappointment especially on older hardware and the newer versions as after a month or so usage it managed to pick up a glitch which disabled the wireless card. This is contrast to a Debian Linux I use on other old hardware which has been working over a year without one major glitch or driver issues.

I should of expected that I would have problems with Linux Mint as it is an Ubuntu based Linux and I have had little success using any Ubuntu based Linux on any computer as it always ends up failing due to some glitch or driver failure after a few months which has resulted in myself replacing the Ubuntu with another distribution Linux.

In the end I have done the one thing I should of done in the first place which was to load on a Debian based Linux, in this case Crunchbang, and modified to desktop so it was easily used by someone who is coming from a Windows xp. This turned out to be easier than I expected and the resulting desktop and operating system will be far more stable and maintenance free.

Basically Ubuntu based Linux’s have always been a disappointment my end and I have had no end of problems with stability and speed on older hardware. I should of expected this with Linux Mint but I had a faint hope it was free of such problems which turned out to be wrong in the end.

So now I recommend that anyone thinking of using Linux on older hardware avoid using any Ubuntu based Linux’s and try other Linux distributions especially those using Debian and light desktops for example Openbox but not likes of Gnome 2 or 3.

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Ubuntu and Steam Missed the Boat!

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Two years when Microsoft released Windows 8 to a very sceptical even hostile current Window users who frankly did not like the new look to Windows and still do not which damaged hardware sales and helped the rise of the tablet in the computer market.

Microsoft was most definitely on the ropes a year ago it’s very future as a serious software and operating system creators under question and both Ubuntu and Steam stepped up the mark in an attempt to usurp Microsoft’s position in the domestic computer market.

But two years later Ubuntu is still a minor player in the domestic computer market and Steam are still developing their Linus based operating system which was supposed to break into the Windows Gaming market.

Basically both are still in the same position minor players and Microsoft has kept it strangle hold on the domestic computer market backed by the retailers and hardware manufactures. Plus Microsoft is starting to regain some of it’s lost share of the market and actually reversing some of the disastrous modification in Windows 9.

Both Ubuntu and Steam have missed the boat and blown their chances of usurping Microsoft because they could not act fast or decisively enough when Microsoft was down and out. In the end they have made themselves insignificant because of their lack of action and dragging their feet when they needed to be bold and more decisive!

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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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