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Ubuntu 14.04 Crash-Proof Update:
With The End of Windows XP this Spring, I detailed the final death knell of Windows XP when even Chrome quit supporting the platform. At that time I began exploring the replacement of Windows XP with Ubuntu 14.04. I was pleased to find effective alternatives or compatible products for most of my commonly used Applications.
Ubuntu 14.04 Updated 8/31/2016:
The biggest problem was a tendency to crash unexpectedly from time to time. I couldn't even pinpoint the cause of the problem. I did have a great deal of difficulty when using the LibreOffice word-processor or GIMP. A major Update to Ubuntu 14.04 on 8/31/2016 has made all the difference in the world.
Ubuntu 14.04 Seems Crash-Proofed:
In recent efforts to update my IBO Toolbox content published prior to 6/1/2013, (See: Keeping Up With Changes at IBO Toolbox.) I have needed to have a LibreOffice file, two or more Text Files, and multiple tabs in Chromium (Ubuntu Chrome) open at the same time. Even opening the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) did not cause any problems. Whatever they did, the problem seems to have gone away.
What I Don't Like About Ubuntu 14.04:
My biggest problem with Ubuntu 14.04 is the absence of Microsoft OneNote. The version that I was using with Windows XP was very effective. There are several notebook tools but none that work as smoothly. The content is still available to me online but it is not as easily used. The other problem is that GIMP does not have as many Fonts as the Windows Version does. Other than that, I don't have much to complain about.
What I Like About Ubuntu 14.04:
LibreOffice is a wordprocessor based on OpenOffice that can easily import and convert any existing Word documents. One of the best finds in Ubuntu was the Bluefish Editor for creating web pages. I have always built my web pages by hand. Bluefish makes it much easier to get it right. The Chromium web browser is based on Chrome and it made the transition very easy. FileZilla and KeePass are both readily available in Ubuntu as are free examples of all the other programs that I have needed. Ubuntu 14.04 has given new life to my old Windows XP machine.
The Best Things in Life are Free:
The only cost that I have incurred in the transition to Ubuntu 14.04 is the 2 Gig thumb drive that I used to burn the Ubuntu ISO to initiate Ubuntu 14.04 onto my system. Other than that, I have had no costs associated with the change to Ubuntu 14.04.
The computer industry is designed to promote upgrades and other expenses on a regular basis. When we bought our current computer, it was a work horse with as much capability as we could find at the time. I still have a lot of hard drive available and the maintenance issues have been easily handled. Ubuntu 14.04 has given me the tools I need to be able to keep using our old computer. Now that Ubuntu 14.04 seems to have solved the crash problem I was having, I am extremely happy with my new/old computer.