Microsoft is done supporting Windows XP . If you want security patches, you'll have to buy an new boxed copy of Windows or a new PC — or you can switch to Linux and get free security updates for years to come. Not only is desktop Linux more powerful and feature-complete than ever, the operating system you use matters less than ever. With more software becoming web-based, Linux is on a more even footing with Windows and Mac OS X. Things to Consider RELATED: Windows XP End of Support is on April 8th, 2014: Why Windows is Warning You Not everyone can switch to Linux. If you have a Windows-specific business application that only supports Windows XP, you probably need to keep using Windows XP. On the other hand, many people are perfectly happy with their current hardware because it serves them well — their Windows XP computers can browse the web, edit documents, play media, and manage photos. Linux can do all of these basics. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera all support Linux. Dropbox offers an official Linux client, and even Microsoft's own Skype supports Linux. The push towards web-based software also helps — Microsoft doesn't offer Office… Read full this story
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