“Canonical has finally (publicly) positioned Ubuntu as the direct competitor to Microsoft Windows. The Ubuntu home page flashes flashed this message “Avoid the pain of Windows 8”. Canonical removed the message as people discussed it on a Canonical engineer Alan Pope’s Google+ page. The message was replaced with “Your wish is our command”. I am not going to talk about whether that message was OK or not as Mark Shuttleworth clarified “That banner was totally un-Ubuntu and was changed as soon as someone senior saw it. Apologies."”
I am not as gentle a man as Shuttleworth. M$ deserves to be kicked, in the marketplace, in the courts and out of our lives. GNU/Linux is a much better choice for millions of XP-users out there. I know it worked well for schools where I worked that adopted GNU/Linux. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It will work for you.