If you have or haven’t heard about the website XP Options this posting is for you. The XP Options website seeks to provide some helpful tips for all computer users of older Windows distributions but especially targets users left in the cold by a defunct security vulnerable operating system known as Windows XP Since Microsoft stopped issuing security updates for it, it is highly recommend that users of that OS move on to something more secure. XP Options is a small bridge to help you with that.
I also want to introduce and recommend a new distribution of Linux for older computers (and new) called MakuluLinux 10 Aero Edition. The operating system emulates the look and feel of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 10 using built-in themes. The core of the OS is Linux and it includes some great word processing software (WPS Office Suite) along with lots of pre-installed nuggets for helping one get online and to be overall productive. The Opera web browser is included with this distribution while Firefox and Chrome browsers can be added from the included software center. So if you haven’t already, MakuluLinux 10 Aero is definitely worth a look!
Note about installation: I had trouble getting this distribution to run on a 32-bit laptop computer (with only 1gig of ram) but any desktop PC computer with at least 2 gigs is recommended
MakuluLinux 10 Aero
Linux Tinkering and XP Options
Image is my own website screenshot
TinkerXperience wouldn’t be such a great name for a blog if I neglected to talk about some actual tinkering–Linux tinkering that is. Linux is an alternative operating system to Windows or OS X which is generally free aside from user donations. I discovered Linux a few years ago with Ubuntu but didn’t realize until recently there is more to Linux than Ubuntu.
What is the difference between the terms Ubuntu and Linux?
Linux is the system (operating system) the computer runs on but there are hundreds of distros or distributions of Linux. Each distribution features the Linux kernel (the underlying code) as it’s called to operate . We users see the results, which is what appears on the desktop and that can feature hundreds of variations or flavors of Linux. These variations are packaged within each distro and are what set a particular distribution of Linux apart from another.
For example, the Ubuntu distribution features what is called the Unity desktop but it is still Linux. Visually speaking, instead of a task-bar located at the bottom of the desktop as in Windows, the task-bar is permanently fixed to the left side of the screen. Other features of Ubuntu are top left positioned control buttons (minimize/maximize) on each window opened such as is found on Mac computers.
In up coming posts I hope to discuss some personal Linux tinkering in more detail when I discuss some of my favorite distributions!
Got an old XP Computer you don’t want? Don’t throw it away!
In the meantime, if you have one or know someone who has an old computer or laptop running Windows XP I have created a website addressing the issue of Microsoft’s end to XP support and some options for keeping that old computer running. An old Windows XP computer (that runs) has a lot of days left even if you don’t run Windows XP on it. In fact this blog post is coming to you from a former XP laptop computer now running MakuluLinux XFCE. What’s Makululinux XFCE you ask? Find out next when I discuss MakuluLinux XFCE!
XP Options website
Windows XP end of support