Last edited by Sworddragon; April 6th, 2014 at 10:00 PM.
HP | Intel iCore 7 3.2Ghz | 12 Gb mem | SSD Win7 | HDD Trusty
Dell laptop | Intel Celeron 1.5 Ghz | 2 Gb mem | Trusty
A few days with high risk as I would not be wondered if "the evil site" is holding back exploits until the last patchday for Windows XP has passed to take immediate advantage of zero-day exploits.
XP users are using a 10+ years release, a two year old LTS would be spanking new for them (and Win7 is 5 years old). Besides, I think pushing a new and usually buggy release on these users on the first day would be sure fire way to ruin Ubuntu's reputation. Unlike many of you I don't have as much confidence on Ubuntu zeroth day releases based on my experience, I usually wait about one month or two after release to recommend it to others,--and use it as my main system,-- the caution has worked well.
I have installed a couple of 13.10 to replace Windows on friends' machines in the past few weeks (win7 and XP), it is solid and works well. But I also tested 14.04, it was simply not ready (despite claims of beta testers, it may be 'solid' for a beta, but not for a daily work machine) and I doubt that it would magically fix all bugs on 17th , as this usually never happens on release date (and new bugs will be reported as more people will be using/testing it)
I want to provide the best experience for people I set up ubuntu for, so it is 13.10 for now. It won't take me long to reinstall in July when 13.10 reaches eol now that I have tweaked these machines and got to know them well.
Last edited by monkeybrain20122; April 7th, 2014 at 12:59 AM.
- I'm not sure if a Windows XP user who thinks about to switch to Linux wants really to use a pre-release which means more effort.
- Windows is a strong upstream related system which means the actuality depends how well the user cares about this while repository packages are too often outdated (especially on older releases like 12.04).
It is simple: We can make it as much easy as possible for users to migrate or be still a tinkerer system
Last edited by Sworddragon; April 7th, 2014 at 01:29 AM.
Skype distributed the same version of its software, originally written for 8.04, for a few years. I remember running the Skype for 8.04 on 10.x and 11.x desktops. Like many proprietary apps, Skype appears to be built as a "static" binary, meaning it doesn't require compatible libraries be installed to work. If there is a Saucy release for Skype, I'd give that a try.