August 29, 2014

Is there proof that replacing windows xp with linux will work smoothly?

I just want proof please.

The short answer is no. However I think if you pick a good distribution, I...

The short answer is no. However I think if you pick a good distribution, I would recommend Linux Mint 17 Mate 32 bit, you would be unfortunate if you ran into any problems. You can try before you install and you can install along side Windows XP if desired. If burning DVDs seems a bit much pop into a good newsagent and pick up a Linux Magazine that will no doubt have several distributions on a DVD that you can try.

Give it a go and look forward to a new experience. There is no MSDose in my house any more.

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What do you consider proof?...

What do you consider proof?

I moved my wife from XP to Linux Mint and she is more than happy. She actually prefers it to XP.

It depends on what you need, my wife mostly needs web access, some document creation/editing and balancing her checkbook. With Linux Mint and Libreoffice she has everything she needs.

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In short no. Replacing Windows XP with a fresh copy of Windows XP wouldn't...

In short no. Replacing Windows XP with a fresh copy of Windows XP wouldn't even work smoothly for most people.

In all honesty, you would need to specify quite a bit more information about what you are looking to do before anyone could answer whether or not Linux would work smoothly for you. Also what alternatives are you considering, as staying with Windows XP is not a good option as it is no longer supported by Microsoft.

There are at least two major facets to consider when considering a switch to Linux: hardware support, and software requirements. Hardware support is very system dependent as it depends on many of the internal components of your machine having Linux drivers. Software requirements are more about what you need/want to do with your computer. What sort of programs do you use on a regular basis?

There are a few ways to test this out without installing Linux on your machine. To test hardware compatibility, you can run Linux on your machine from a Live CD or Live USB stick. Live CD/USBs are also a great way to check out the default software installed with your distribution of choice. Another way to test available Linux software is to create a virtual machine using software like VirtualBox. This will let you run Linux from within Windows XP assuming your machine is new enough to support this. From a virtual machine you can try out any of the software you might need, although it will run quite a bit slower than it would installed natively on the machine. Another way to test software is to install cross-platform applications on Windows XP. Appications like Firefox, Google Chrome, LibreOffice, Gimp, Inkscape, Blender, Skype, and Spotify all have Windows and Linux versions, so you can try them out in Windows before making the switch to Linux.

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I have set up several desktops with dual boot and multi-boot capabilities....

I have set up several desktops with dual boot and multi-boot capabilities.
In fact having something like Ubuntu12 or 14 makes it easier to rescue a Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 configured desktop. Why? Because you can access just about any file you might want from the Linux partition..without
risking corruption or virus contamination issues from 1 partition to another. YES there are BIOS worms and similar that can travel from one partition to another..but most issues are solved by the fact that Linnux is very different from Windows code. If you are using WinXp on a network and the hard disks of you desktops can take another 16-25 GB of space...and 32/64 bit versions are usable..then you are set. I often do full backups of XP onto Linux partitions mainly because some files won't copy correctly into flash drives and related media. Linux actually performs better with varying file formats than Windows does (especially XP)..and recovering damaged files using Linux has already been done for you...just check in the Ubuntu App Store for the type of recovery program you might need...and most of the time it's FREE. WW

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I say yes but then somebody else might say no....

I say yes but then somebody else might say no.

I can tell you my story of moving to Linux.

It all started with the Adobe Photoshop subscription. I had just spend my savings on Photoshop 6.0 and it made me very made I had to subscribe as I want to decide when to use money and on what.

Microsoft came out with Windows 8.0 which I found was the worst OS ever. I could not continue using Windows and Apple is way off what I want to spend on a computer.

I investigated which Linux version I liked and found Kubuntu was very similar to Windows 7. I also looked up the tools I need for my hobby photography.

Gimp (like photoshop) was OK and Aftershot Pro from Corel was similar to Lightroom. And I could connect my camera to Linux and get pictures loaded on to the hard drive. My printers was also supported but to get the best out of my photo printer I had to buy the tool Turboprint.

So I went out and got me a new hard drive to install Kubuntu on. If my project didn't work then I could always get back to my old Windows 7.

I installed Kubuntu on my new hard drive and to my big surprise everything worked right away.

Some things was hard to get working to my satisfaction and others was much better on Linux. There are so many free programs to install on Linux that finding the right one can take some time.

Today I a the point where I will never go back to Windows. Linux is simply so much better that it would feel like cutting my right arm off going back to Windows.

Is there problems with Linux, yes, but you can always find a solution where a little electronic glue can fix the problem. The Linux community is very help full and will do whatever is possible to fix the problem for you.

Linux get my best recommendations.

So is this the proof you need then you got your answer.

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There is no way to really answer this question. We know nothing about your...

There is no way to really answer this question. We know nothing about your hardware. So you can only go by stories of people doing it.

I didn't switch from XP. I switched from Vista. To a Dell XP480 desktop. Only had dial up available at the time and had trouble with the internal modem because it was on an inappropriate slot for Linux to use. I had to move it.

No other problems.

The only folks I know of that switched from XP to Linux is NASA for the laptops on the ISS. Have heard of no problems with that switch which I seriously doubt they would have undertaken if there was a resonable expectation of trouble.

Their reason for changing was to get better reliability. They got tired of crashes.

If you are smart you will back up all your data before doing this or you will loose it all if you install on the whole drive and only have the one drive. Not knowing the size of your drive there is little else that can be said.

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The simple answer is no. What I suggest is that you search for other people's...

The simple answer is no. What I suggest is that you search for other people's experience of installing which ever distribution you have chosen on your computer providing details of your computer e.g "Installing Linux Mint on a Dell Inspiron 510".

My experience of installing popular distributions like Linux Mint with the Mate desktop 32bit (my recommendation) is in the main painless.

Using Mint (there are others) you can also try the distribution live without installing anything.

The answer is still no but you would be unfortunate if there were any problems and if there are I suspect someone out there has experienced them and will have found a solution.

Have a look at the Linux Mint or Ubuntu Forums to see how people help each other.

Your XP software is now not supported, it is vulnerable to all sorts of nasties. Give Linux a go, I never looked back.

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What do you mean "proof"? People, like me, have been using Linux as their...

What do you mean "proof"? People, like me, have been using Linux as their sole OS for years.

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Not being sure what specific 'proof' you require, I can only answer as a...

Not being sure what specific 'proof' you require, I can only answer as a previous XP user, basic I.T. trainer on former XP units, friends/family basic 'techie' & charity secretary.
I've flatly refused to pay for MS products to replace XP on various machines for the charity I work for and the others categorised above, resenting the outlay and licensing terms MS impose, also a developed bitter hatred of Windows 8, with or without updates, due to being asked to 'sort them'. I've now tried a number of Linux 'flavours' & am currently using LinuxLite, Zorin & Mint, finding them good for newbies, basic users, personal and four I sold (none of which have been brought back).
I don't have time to play games, so I cannot comment on that aspect.
The only real issues I've had relate to two units on which I had hardware (wi-fi card) problems in that certain initial Linux installations 'out of the box' didn't want to play nicely, so I just tried another brand of Linux (lazy, yes). All of the Linux boxes have been running very well, three training units since mid' March 2014 and others initialised mainly in April.
One strange issue I found; for some of the rudimentary training I do, I use an on-line basics package. (That allows me to have different learners, at different stages of the course, learning at their own pace and me doing one-to-one teaching as/when required.) In the course of initial testing of Linux boxes, I found Chromium doesn't work well with some flash based websites. Firefox also had/has issues. Installing the Google Chrome 'proper' on each of the Linux boxes has sorted my problems.
I purposely swap the different versions of Linux randomly (and a couple of Windows 7) to prove to my learners that they don't have to have a Windows OS when they've finished their basic training. Few of the learners have any idea which are the two with 7 on them as opposed to the Linux units - I think that speaks volumes.
I don't know if that has answered your question, but I hope it has, at least, helped.

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