You’ve probably heard about or been affected by the retirement of Windows XP support on April 8, 2014. This wasn’t Microsoft’s first attempt to retire XP. Its just that with so many customers using it, they were putting off the inevitable for quite some time. But THIS time Windows XP is indeed now unsupported. XP was the best of Microsoft’s desktop operating systems (IMO). Then things went mostly downhill from there, with Windows 7 being second best.
I’m not going to dump on Windows today, but I won’t be encouraging anyone to continue using XP either. There are already many articles explaining how to er’ safely continue use of XP. “Safely” is up for debate. Lets reword that to… “safe for Windows”. With that in mind, I would like to encourage everyone to replace Windows XP with Linux. After hours of testing and comparing Linux distributions on my old IBM Thinkpad T60, I’ve come to the conclusion that in my case the best Linux Distro to replace Windows XP with is… Zorin Linux.
Zorin Linux as a Windows XP Replacement
Zorin OS is a Ubuntu-based Linux distribution designed especially for newcomers to Linux. It has a Microsoft Windows-like graphical user interface and includes many programs similar to those found in Windows. In fact, you can choose (Start -> System tools -> Zorin Look Manager) between Window XP or Windows 7 “desktop look”. Zorin OS also comes with an application (Wine) that lets users run many Windows programs. The distribution’s ultimate goal is to provide a Linux alternative to Windows while allowing users enjoy Linux within a familiar desktop environment. Checkout Zorin’s website for details.
Maybe you are looking to distance yourself from Windows? In which case, have a look at Lubuntu or LXLE. All three distros are very easy on system resources and will run faster than Windows XP and Windows 7. Also read my guide to… Choosing the Best Linux Distro for “you”.