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On 04/23/2014 09:36 AM, Brian Barker wrote:
At 07:57 23/04/2014 -0400, Virgil Arrington wrote:
... Ubuntu clearly states on its website when 12.04 support will expire, so I know going in what I'm getting into. M$ gave me no such warning when I purchased my XP machine years ago.

That's odd. You may want to bookmark for future reference. Apparently XP was originally intended to expire at the end of 2011 - ten years after its release - but this was postponed in 2007 to this month. So whenever you purchased it, you would have expected expiration either now or much sooner.

(Er, no: I am not taking sides. But I do like to see arguments being based on evidence.)

Brian Barker

I think the real point is the MS is not providing a reasonable upgrade for many users. Both in terms of cost and ease. Many with XP can not run W8 at all and have three options: continue to use XP, replace the computer which is still working, or replace the OS with a Linux distro. Since most Linux distros are free, replacing XP with Linux is the cheapest option and viable for many. Also, there is no direct upgrade path from XP to W7 and I assume this is true for W8 also. Thus, XP has to installed first then it is wiped out by the new OS which means all the applications and data must be reinstalled (after first saving the data).

Virgil noted he knew about the expiration of XP which is not the real issue.

Jay Lozier

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