South Korea is looking to replace Windows XP with Ubuntu. Windows XP support ends on April 8, 2014. Security updates won’t be available unless you pay Microsoft serious money to provide you with urgent patches. Companies and Government face serious problem what to do.
According to businesskorea.co.kr South Korean companies and government are looking at alternatives in OSS to replace Windows XP.
According to an industry source on December 15, there is a heated discussion about replacing Windows XP with an alternative OS in IT communities at home and abroad, since the market for PC OSs has been divided into largely MS windows and Mac OS, without any other significant operating systems. But the issue of a third option has now become a reality, as Windows XP is going to be retired.
Ubuntu can be downloaded onto a USB stick or CD and installed for free on any computer instantly.
There are various talks on how to continue using the retired Windows XP and how to install an alternative OS to replace it.
The most talked-about OS is Linux. Linux has been around for a long time, but has not before been easily usable to average users because of the limited driver support of graphic cards and compatibility with propriety Microsft software. And it was difficult to install. However, Ubuntu Linux has evolved to the point where novice users can install it easily. It is free, and basic programs come automatically installed. Also, users can install various multimedia codec and extensions such as Adobe Flash easily during installation.
Every year, people are wondering if it will be the “year of Linux on the desktop”, the truth is, Linux was ready for the desktop ever since 2001, hardware compatibility was greatly improved, usability and ease of use have made big improvements.
The biggest challenge Linux faces is lack of commercial applications and games that are available on Windows. But that is soon about to change.