The end is near. If you’ve been following the technology world, you should know that the official support for Windows XP (one of the best ever made OS by Microsoft) ends April 8th. It is amazing how an operating system older than 12 years yet maintain a high market share. Microsoft has already released newer versions after it, such as Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Windows XP is still used by millions of computers, including critical systems. Microsoft knows that and so extended support for antimalware in Windows XP until 2015. This is not a reason to wait until 2015 to update your system, as Microsoft wants you to move to Windows 8. Latest Redmond’s OS is not the alternative out there, as one interesting option is to migrate to Linux. Why should you do that?
It’s free. Windows doesn’t. Windows 7 may cost a little over $ 100 to over $ 300, Windows 8 is cheaper, ranging from $ 69.99 to $ 119.99. The price of any Linux distro is zero. While there is nothing wrong with paying for good software (and the truth is that both Windows 7 and 8 are good) not everybody want to spend hundreds of bucks pay for a license.
It is very easy to use. There were in prehistoric times (technologically speaking) that Linux was a complicated operative system, hard to install and to update. Today latest versions of Linux, such as Ubuntu or Mandriva are very user-friendly.
It is safe. Windows is vulnerable to virus and malware in general, which can steal your private data, steal your credit card number and so on. Linux has always been safer, thanks also to the support of the community.