View Full Version : Take advantage of XP end of life

December 12th, 2013, 06:48 PM
Dear all,

As you know, MS support to XP is ending in April 8th and this is an opportunity to promote the use of GNU/Linux for old hardware.

I am currently in Addis working for an NGO and in this country, given the difficulty to get computer (100% VAT Tax on imported product), it makes even more sense.

I am considering launching a small campaign to encourage people to give GNU/Linux a try. I could distribute CD in some cafes or even convince computer shops to offer the option to install GNU/Linux to their client (and give them some basic training so they can do that, and charge for the install process of course).

A cheap way to promote such campaign would be to make a small board announcing it and to be displayed in the cafes or the computer shops willing to participate.

Also, I am thinking to propose a few distributions, including Ubuntu and Mate. But probably staying in the Ubuntu family to simplify the training if any.

Any though, suggestions?

Do you know a similar project, existing website/wiki where this idea could be discussed and improved (it could be done in many town and in such case, better to share experience and ideas)?

Best regards,

December 12th, 2013, 06:54 PM
This thread

December 12th, 2013, 07:09 PM

December 12th, 2013, 07:22 PM
Great idea :-)

I suggest that you consider which version and flavour to use depending on the most common available hardware

- version 12.04 LTS (with its latest point release) and the current newest one (now 13.10)
- flavour Xubuntu 12.04 LTS, Lubuntu 13.10 or some re-spin based on 12.04 LTS promising LTS.

See also this thread Old hardware brought back to life (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2130640)