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    Answered by D. Archer
    6 months ago
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  • Hi Dick Hogue

    There are several Linux distributions that can be a good replacement to Windows XP. There are also factors to be considered when choosing which one to use, for example:
    1. hardware specs of the computer
    2. level of computer literacy of the user
    3. applications, if there are any specific, that needed to be ran on Linux

    Given the age of Windows XP, one can assume that the machine where it is installed is already old, therefore, you may need to look into Linux distributions that are lightweight.

    I for one would like to suggest Lubuntu as a replacement for Windows XP. It's lightweight, it's easy to install, configure and use. You can also install from the Ubuntu repositories open source alternatives for Outlook Express (Thunderbird), Internet Explorer (Firefox or Chromium), Word (Abiword or the whole LibreOffice suite), etc.

    Another advantage of this distribution besides the thousands of free alternatives is its community support.

    You can download the Lubuntu ISO here http://lubuntu.net/ and get support from Ubuntu Forums. Check out also the
    Lubuntu Google+ community.

    I'd like to mention other Linux distributions you might want to try: Fedora, openSUSE, Linux Mint and ZorinOS.

    And of course, before I forget, it's best to get the latest version for security and stability reasons (especially those with long-term support).

    Answered by J. Austin Rodriguez
    6 months ago
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  • Hi Mr. Hogue. I'm hardly an expert at Linux, but I often try various Linux operating systems (distros) on older notebooks and desktops. Most of those machines are XP computers. This is an important question as many people still use and love XP, but support from Microsoft for XP will be discontinued in April 2014. This means that XP will eventually become even more vulnerable to hacking than usual. My favorite choice to "replace" XP is Lucid Puppy Linux 5.28. The reason I use quotation marks is because there is a version of Lucid Puppy Linux 5.28 that can be installed (and uninstalled) from inside of Windows XP just like any other Windows compatible program that you have installed for years. After installing this version of Linux, you are able to keep XP and all of the programs that you may have bought, have used, and that are familiar to you. When starting the computer, you are given the choice of which OS operating system (XP or Puppy Linux) to use. I have been running a computer shop since 1999, so I've seen Microsoft OSes come and go. Not being a pushy MS enthusiast, I rarely suggest upgrading to a newer MS OS. So if you do what I have discussed, you can use Puppy Linux to access the internet very safely and XP to do whatever else you wish. As far as ease of use, I admit there will be a bit of a learning curve depending on what you to do with Puppy Linux. However one of my customers that I did this for is 80+ years old, and he took to using Puppy Linux for the internet like a fish to water. If you can use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, then its essentially the same as in XP. Other factors that make Puppy Linux a good "replacement" for XP is how things are placed on the desktop especially the "Start" button. The amount of space Puppy Linux uses on a hard drive is quite small which is another good thing about it. Being so small, it doesn't need a fast or powerful computer. Alternately, one can run and use Puppy Linux without installing it on a hard drive by putting it on a CD or USB drive. Here's the link:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/58m107bbkob3c7g/Puppy%20Linux%20528.exe
    The reason I use version 5.28 is that it has a longer support life cycle that other versions. Here's the link to choose a newer version of Puppy Linux - Slacko 5.60:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?5ah0d0rzcz5cc#loqca478iljiz
    Have a good one.

    Answered by Chuck Harris
    6 months ago
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  • When you say replace XP do you mean in terms an experience or in terms of reusing old hardware?

    Your first stop should be http://distrowatch.com/ where you can have a look at the current commonly used distros of linix.

    If you are wanting to breath a new lease of life into an old PC my first suggestion would be http://lubuntu.net/ because it has access to the Ubuntu repo's but is designed to be light on system resources.

    PC specs are "Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM is probably a bottom-line configuration" as quoted from the Lubuntu website.

    Answered by Ross Moutell
    6 months ago
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  • if you are beginner in linux and need a friendly environment , install ubuntu , its very easy for you and you will like it :)

    Answered by Majid ali
    6 months ago
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  • Depends a bit on the skills of the user and if it is for home use or office, I usually advise Linux Mint, plain Debian or Ubuntu (classic style)
    Just download some on distrowatch and try them out. It is all a mater of taste and 'feel' I think. (with live cd's or virtualbox)

    Answered by Ruud Rams
    6 months ago
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  • Well, that's a pretty broad question but I think that you should give Zorin a try. It features a desktop emulator that let's you choose the look and feel you want on the fly and a couple of Windows flavors are available. I've used it for new Linux users moving aways from Windows and the learning curve is minimal. The setup is a breeze too.

    Answered by David Day
    6 months ago
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  • Linux Mint - http://www.linuxmint.com/

    Answered by arochester
    6 months ago
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  • Hi. I thing that the best distro for a new linux user is Ubuntu . Easy to use , complete , ready after the installation for use. The problem with it , is that they make new version every 6 months and that is a problem if anybody prefers to has stable os. Because everytime at the begining of the new version updates needed. (the solution for this problem is the LTS versions every 2 years).

    Answered by dim nikos
    6 months ago
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