I have to thank our beloved commentator Philippa
for inspiring this post to diablog. As you can read here, Philippa is upset about Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP. And there are millions like her. Just one example, the majority of cash machines – aka hole in the wall – is still running on XP.
Phillipa and her fellow sufferers are experiencing, what I went through more than 10 years ago. Then, I got upset about Microsoft forcing me to buy new computers roughly every three years. The updated Windows versions just did not run on “old” hardware. An additional annoyance was, that only every other version of Windows worked well. Currently, Windows 7 is OK, Windows 8 sucks big time.
My solution then – and Philippa’s today – was and is switching to a different operating system. Since Apple OS version whatever isn’t much different from Windows, I went to Linux.
Here now comes the moment, where I failed Philippa. Instead of giving her a proper manual how to switch to Linux, I left her with a half-baked comment. For Philippa and the millions, who do not want to throw out their computer, just because Microsoft says so, here is a step-by-step guide. All others can ignore this post and stay happy Microsoft/Apple slaves.