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The expiration of windows operating system updates is giving rise to Open Source Operating systems

StatCounter-OS-2008Dec-2014Apr

Android Linux is surpassing Windows XP online user count[1]



The Fall of WindowsEdit

expiration of Feature Updates expiration of Security Updates
Windows XP April 14, 2009 April 8, 2014
Windows Vista April 10, 2012 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020


  • expiration of Feature Updates: you will NOT get any more new features or updates to old features. You will have compatiblity problems installing applications built with the new features.
  • expiration of Security Updates: you will NOT get any more new security systems or updates to old security systems. Your firewall will be vulnerable to hacking, and Antivirus ineffective, making your Windows system vulnerable to viruses, rootkits, adwares and spywares.

What this MeansEdit

Windows 7 will start having compatiblity problems next year after January 2015, and will be vulnerable to hackers and malware after January 2020.
Windows Vista is already incompatible with some programs, and will be vulnerable after April, 2017
Windows XP compatiblity with brand new software is almost nil, and will be vulnerable to hackers and malware after this April, 2014.


Vista was infamous for it's own reasons.
But windows 8 is bad enough for product returns. Microsoft tried to force the Metro UI through windows 8 down every OEM's throat, and almost none of their customers liked it, resulting in high product return rates and negative profit returns for the store fronts.

The Rise of Linux & other FOSSEdit

I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.

-Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, maker of Steam Linux[2]


The fall of Windows systems will give rise to Linux systems because Open Source systems are the only ones flexible enough for users to download a UI and costumize it to their liking.

Going by statistics, about 30% of computers used to browse Internet, runs Windows XP; and 47% of computers used to browse Internet, runs Windows 7.[3] The vulnerablity of Windows XP starting this April & incompatiblity of Windows 7 starting next year January will give rise to a mass exodus from windows systems because Windows 8 is not worth spending money. These users will want a system that will give them the look and feel of Windows XP or 7.

And, so the era of Open Source Systems has come.

Recommended Linux for Windows computersEdit

Graphical User Interface takes a lot of computer memory, and therefore Linux recommendations are usually made based on the amount of RAM a computer has.

  • Kwort - recommended for computers with minimum 32 MB RAM - NOT recomended for new Linux users
  • Xubuntu - recommended for computers with minimum 256 MB RAM
  • Lubuntu - recommended for computers with minimum 512 MB RAM

See AlsoEdit


External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Top 8 operating Systems from 2008 to 2014
  2. Windows 8 - If You Use It, You're Helping Microsoft Kill PC Gaming
  3. Internet Usage Share Statistics -NetMarketShare.com

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