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Hi!  I can confirm the issue about Microsoft and WinXP  (no longer supported and affordable).  The 
issue rised more protests when users face a 'mandatory' upgrade to the last version of win (more 
people complained 'it looked like mandatory to upgrade the system, but when I did, many things 
stopped working..').  

I am since about 10 years a happy and proud user of Xubuntu (xfce desktop environment). It is 
stable, complete and light (X 14.04 runs well on my Intel Centrino pc). Furthermore you can change 
wallpaper and icons to make it look like WinXP.  It can be, obviously, used in dual boot with Win.  
If you want to give it a try, the best solution is to make 2 partitions: root (for the system) and 
home (for data and configuration files); then you can reinstall or change your os, keeping safe 
your data and configurations.  

LibreOffice is stable and works very well with Xubuntu.  Libreoffice by itself is the natural 
choice  of linux makers and partners.


On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:20 PM, Tom Davies <> wrote:
Hi :)
That would be a brilliant way to have it in the longer-term.  I've not
managed to get Virtualbox to use a proper hard-drive rather than it's own
internal image of a drive but probably because i only had a very brief stab
at it.

Microsoft prefers that people leap fearlessly into the void with absolutely
no idea whether their new system will work or not.  That has kept many
people firmly chained to Xp.

I prefer the gentler approach that Linux offers :))  It's one of the many
reasons i am happy i made the journey.  I still do use Windows but
increasingly rarely.
Regards from
Tom :)

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