The information on this page could save you a lot of money.

Microsoft has withdrawn support for it's Windows Vista operating system just as it did for it's more popular XP operating system in 2014 (and will do so for Windows7 in 2020).

This doesn't mean that computers running Windows Vista will suddenly stopped working. What it means is that Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for this operating system (what it will do about activating Windows operating systems  following re-installation after these dates remains to be seen).

The implication of this is that people wanting to continue to use Microsoft operating systems will, in many instances, need to throw away their computer and buy one that is powerful enough to run Microsoft's currently supported operating systems. An expensive process and an environmental disaster.

There is also a major problem with Windows Vista which has recently been bought to my attention. For obvious reasons I cannot publish names but a major supplier of internet services is providing customers with wi fi equipment that is no longer compatible with Vista. Therefore some PCs and laptops running Vista cannot connect to the internet via wi fi.

With the advent of Windows 10 a serious question needs to be asked. PCs running Vista were powerful enough to upgrade their operating systems to Windows7 or even Windows8. However, Microsoft have said they will no longer produce any more operating systems after Windows10. In one way this is sensible because it means that many programs that are written won't have compatibility issues with yet another new operating system as has often been the case in the past.

However that means that inevitably Microsoft won't be selling as many operating systems so how will thay make their money? Also when Microsoft offered a free upgrade to Windows10 to customers already using Windows 7 and 8 there should be some suspicion about this move. Microsoft are aiming that as many people as possible will be running nothing but Windows10.

One way Microsoft can remain profitable is to simply charge annually for security updates. The internet is currently rife with speculation about this. After 2020 it is possible that Microsoft could charge as much for it's security updates as for one operating system. In theory a PC/laptop on which a customer has paid £100 for the operating system just once could cost £500 over a five year period or or pro-rata for longer.

There is an alternative to throwing away your existing system and the wi fi problem I have mentioned is compatible with:-

Linux.

The adjacent picture of a penguin is a picture of Tux, the renowned symbol of Linux.

Read on and learn more.


Linux was primarily developed by a student in Helsinki around 1990/91 AD. Linus Torvalds wanted an operating system he could adapt for his own work.

Using the fledgling Internet this was developed over several years and development has continued and is freely available for anyone to change and distribute.

In most cases, this is now also free of cost.

Modern Linux will run many computers old and new and usually comes replete with an office suite compatible with Microsoft Office(s) and much other software too. It really is, something for nothing.

Linux is stable, virus resistant and adaptable. It is as easy to use as anything Microsoft has to offer and it's little wonder that it's also to be found in many places. Google, Amazon, Android phones and many other applications all use it as well as laptops and PCs. The French police have adopted it and estimate savings in the order of fifty million Euros by doing so. The number of well known companies, applications and devices using Linux is vast.

Here are some links for further reference - saves me inventing the wheel:-

What is Linux - a basic reference for the uninitiated.

Distrowatch - illustrates the variety of Linux available.

Mint -  a popular distribution (distro) of Linux with good multimedia support.

Ubuntu - another popular distro.

In addition there is brilliant forum support, information on what printers work with Linux (usually out of the box with no need to install drivers) and a wealth of experience all freely and gladly given.

All the many distros provide updates to increase functionality and security.

How to get Linux.

If I provide a PC or laptop with Linux I naturally install the distro which works best with the hardware and requirements of customers. Most distros can also be downloaded from the Internet as an ISO file, burnt to a CD or DVD and your PC or laptop can be booted with the CD/DVD and a limited version of the distro can be tested before installation.

Linux can also be installed as a boot option so you choose between your Microsoft operating system or your version of Linux.

The Linux Shop also sells ready made Linux CDs and DVDs.

Just a few of the things you get with an average distro:-

  • Word processor
  • Spreadsheet
  • Presentation
  • PDF file reader
  • Media players
  • Graphic Image Manipulation
  • CD/DVD burning
  • Web browsers
  • E-mail
  • Webcam display
  • Customization
  • Multiple desktops
  • Games
  • Calculators
  • Display, sound and other drivers
  • Scanning programs
  • And - much much more beside plus thousands of free programs which can be added later.

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To date - if you had bought every edition of every Microsoft operating system and updated such things as Office programs every time a new edition was produced (which most people actually don't) based on today's equivalent values you would have spent around £1,500 and possibly a lot more depending on which versions and other software were actually purchased.

Switch to Linux and save yourself a lot of money - and still be compatible with Microsoft products.