[SATLUG] Switching to Linux from Windows XP

Travis England england.travis at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 18:12:21 CDT 2015

I'm curious, what type of software running on Windows XP have you not been
able to find a decent replacement for?

I agree with Peter, in that we'd need to have a better idea of your
hardware before making any solid recommendations.  I will, however, throw
out some love for elementaryOS.  I've always had good luck getting it to
work well, even on old hardware (my old gaming desktop I built around the
same time as your Dell XPS was released).

On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 5:58 PM, Peter Cross <pjcrux at gmail.com> wrote:

> What are the HW specs on the XPS? You may not enjoy Unity or other new
> GUI's due to hw limitations. YMMV.
> On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 5:49 PM, Chris Montgomery <chrisncats at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > I've been limping along on Windows XP on a 12-year old Dell Dimenion XPS
> > since December 2003. For the most part, I haven't had any major issues.
> > Now, after installing some MS updates about 10 days ago I am having
> crashes
> > and have lost all data on my external USB drive (mainly used for backups
> > but there were some original media files on the drive). I have been
> > considering moving to Linux on my desktop for a long time and it seems
> the
> > time to make that move is now. The last time I had anything to do with
> > Linux was in late 2000 to early 2001 when I ran Red Hat 7.1 on my
> previous
> > desktop for about four months. Had to move back to Windows, however,
> since
> > most of the software I needed to use didn't have compatible Linux
> versions
> > back then. I believe the Linux software offerings have evolved quite a
> bit
> > since then and I could do most of what I need to do on the computer these
> > days by running Linux as my primary OS but also having the option to dual
> > boot out to Windows for those few softare needs that aren't supported
> under
> > Linux (mostly financial and tax packages).
> >
> > So, to get to the point, I have a rather urgent need to get a Linux
> > install up and running on this machine (don't have the funds to buy new
> > right now) because I don't want to lose anymore data. I also haven't been
> > keeping up with what has been going on in the Linux world for the past
> > several years other than occasionally noticing that there are lots of
> > options for someone to choose from who wants to make the Windows to Linux
> > switch. Folks, if you have a good recommendation or two that I can look
> at
> > for making that switch in fairly short order, I would greatly appreciate
> > knowing what you think. I have a brand new 500gb Seagate SATA drive
> that's
> > been in a shrinkwrapped box sitting on the shelf for a few years that I
> > plan to use when making the transition. I will temporarily pull the plug
> on
> > my existing 120gb drive where all of my Windows programs are installed
> and
> > which holds all of my data until I can get Linux running on the new
> drive.
> > After that, I'll hook the old drive back up and migrate my data to the
> new
> > drive and then either try to repair the WinXP install or do a fresh
> > reinstall of WinXP to use for running the windows software that I will
> > still need.
> >
> > All thoughts greatly appreciated!
> >
> > --
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Chris Montgomery
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