The city of Munich, Germany, has decided to distribute Linux Ubuntu for free to their citizens. The reason? Because Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft from april 2014!
Windows XP have been the most popular operative systems from Microsoft, only beaten by Windows 7 by the end of 2012. As late as august 2013 the 12-year-old operating system had a market share of 33,66 percent, according to Net Applications.
But soon the party is over and there will not be any more security updates from Microsoft. This worries security experts around the world. They believe Windows XP now will be the target of thousands of hackers around the world. A lot of engaged environmentalists also worry about the fact that a lot of PC’s now have to be upgraded to handle Windows 7 or 8.
This is one of the reasons why the german city of Munich has decided to distribute free CD’s with Linux Ubuntu to their citizens. It is the popular GNU/Linux distribution Ubuntu 12.04 that will be distributed through the city’s public library Gasteig.
They will also make a special installation package that make it easy for computer novices to migrate from Windows XP to Ubuntu.
This is not the first time Munich is active on the open standard and free software market and specially on Linux. The city say that they have saved 17 million dollars by using GNU/Linux instead of proprietary software in the city administration.