Before you go all wild-eyed about the title, take a close look at what the author is saying. He is responding to an article he recently read that “expresses serious doubts about replacing Windows XP with Linux.” The article in question is called, “You want to replace Windows XP with Linux? Seriously?” By J. Peter Bruzzese dated April 23, 2014. When you read this article please take time to look at the various comments at the bottom of the article. They are far more enlightening than is the article.
Mr. Lynch’s arguments against Mr Bruzzese’s article are essentially that the author has not updated his knowledge since the 1990’s; and upon a careful reading, so it seems.
If you have an older computer running XP, Windows 7 or 8 may not run at all or may not run well on that computer. Many “lightweight” Linux distributions run quite nicely on old hardware.
There are also many useful alternatives to Windows-only software, especially in the Office suites. For the non-commercial, non-technical computer user, I find it difficult to believe there are no suitable Windows software alternatives.
Mr Lynch made links to replacements for Windows application software:
Techmint: Alternatives of 13 Most Commonly Used Windows Applications for Linux
For the user who is considering the purchase of a new desktop or laptop computer, there are now several non-Windows alternatives available.
This article “Android PCs and other Windows-alternative desktops are for real”
states “The rise of Android PCs and Chromebooks show that Microsoft could be losing its iron-grip on the desktop.”
Another called “The rise of the Chromebook” says “Some people are still in denial about the rise of the Linux operating system with the Chrome Web browser interface, Chrome OS, and its hardware: the Chromebooks. The experts say, however, it’s the one segment of the PC market that’s growing while everything else shrinks.”
If you are more interested in a more “traditional” approach to computers, look no farther than Dell. They sell computers with Ubuntu Linux installed and configured with the proper drivers and other software matching the hardware they sell. For example, in May of 2014, a Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu sold for $1,389.00 USD and the exact same XPS 13 with Windows 8 sold for $1.709.00 USD.