With the demise of XP imminent (M$ needs it to die) what are all the hundreds of millions of users going to do? Some will try to run without support but in my experience that means they will be eaten alive by malware within months. That’s OK for polite malware but there’s only so many resources available. That leaves a few choices:
- “7″, at great expense for new licences/hardware,
- “8″, at great expense for new licences/hardware, or
- GNU/Linux, for $0 on same hardware or just a bit for better noOS or pre-installed hardware or switching to thin clients.
“With less than 400 days to go, 15 per cent of those running Windows XP are still unaware that that’s the date Microsoft finally turns off all support for its legacy PC operating system, according to a recent survey.”via 1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug
So, what will happen? I figure a lot of users will want to use their present systems instead of replacing them and they will want a GUI that is similar to XP. That means GNU/Linux with XFCE or some such desktop environment.