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Ubuntu: An Alternative to Windows XP:
As mentioned in a previous Press Release, The End of Windows XP, the end of Windows XP is coming. The message has been written on the wall of Google Chrome. Those of us who are affected are going to have to make changes. Our choices are simple. We can choose to scrap perfectly good computers and buy new ones, we can purchase upgrades and continue the cycle or, we can take those perfectly good computers and find another alternative. For me, the Answer is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
Ubuntu is a Linux Based Operating System. Ubuntu 14.04 is available in 64-bit and 32-bit. The Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit should fit on most of the systems currently running Windows XP. As an open-source system, people into making computers do what they want them to have a lot of resources. For those who just want to click-and-go, I found this to be excellent.
Google Search = can I run Ubuntu 14.04
Installation/ System Requirements
The Internet is a great place to find the answers that we need. The Article below pointed me in the right direction and made the installation extremely easy.
Google Search= upgrade from windows xp to ubuntu
How to upgrade from Windows XP to Ubuntu: the cheapest way to upgrade from XP
Where the Rocks Are:
1) The only equipment that I needed was a USB Drive on which I burned the Ubuntu ISO using the tool referenced in the Article above. (Read the whole article before you start.) 2) Because it is my habit to do all my work in a single Folder on my Desktop, it was a simple matter to copy the final changes before my system change and copy it to the new desktop. 3) KeePass is my Password Tool and a version is directly available for Ubuntu. As my KeePass Files are in my working folder, it was extremely easy to carry my Passwords to the new system. In fact, that is the first program that I recommend for installation. 4) OneNote is not easily available on Ubuntu. I used my Microsoft (Hotmail/Outlook) account to upload all of my OneNote Notebooks to the OneNote Online. It is not as easy to use as the Desktop but everything is available to place in new tools. 5) If I scare my Ubuntu, my screen hashes. I am not sure what is causing this but I can usually recover with ctrl+alt+delete. The shut down routines auto save your files. Usually, I can simply exit the shut down dialog box and fix the problem. I find if I don't try to rush it, I have fewer problems.
Where to Start:
I will refer you to the Upgrade Article above again. It handled most of the problems. But here is a short list.
1) Clean up and Defrag your Drive.
2) Copy your working files to a USB drive to make carrying them over easier.
3) If you use OneNote, upload your Notebooks to OneNote Online. See the Share to the Web options for your OneNote Notebooks.
4) Review your Key Programs to see what will be directly available and which will require alternative programs.
*Note: You may be able to install Microsoft Word 2010 if you have the installation disk. It involves using Wine and may require some technical skill.
5) See the Upgrade Article and download Ubuntu and create your Installation Device.
6) You will be prompted for a Password on Installation even if you choose not to Password Protect your Startup. Unless you reset the system, you will need it anytime your screen times out.
7) In a dual-boot setup, you will be partitioning your drive. I had a lot of room so I simply split it between the two systems. See specs and give yourself plenty of room for your Ubuntu Files.
8) Copy your Working Files to your new Desktop.
9) Open the Ubuntu Software Center and Install your Important Applications. I started with KeePass, FileZilla and GIMP.
Installation of Ubuntu was very easy. The Upgrade Article above handled most of the system problems. My best decision was my KeePass Password Tool. All I had to do was tell the new installation where my database was. My biggest problem is that LibreOffice doesn't smoothly handle the Microsoft Word Documents. I recommend that you save your document in the new format (.odt) and leave your .docx files alone. That way you won't accidentally lose anything. The other problem that I had was finding tools to for my OneNote applications. There are a few available but even OneNote Online doesn't handle things as well as my MS 2010 installation of OneNote did. Still, it is better than paying to upgrade from Windows XP. Ubuntu 14.04 is the answer for me.
Making Ubuntu 14.04 Work for Me – The Easy Stuff