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Dell Still Offering Windows XP

Posted 21 Jun 2008 | Comments Off on Dell Still Offering Windows XP | 1,325 views

Dell is continuing to offer Windows XP as a pre-installed operating system on their hardware; however, the choice will cost an extra $50. Even though Vista is the most recent release from Microsoft with many new features, many customers still want XP. The shelf life of XP has already been extended due to the popularity of the many emerging low end Linux devices. Since Vista can not compete in this space due to resource requirements, XP has been pulled into this space to compete. For example, the most basic Vista Home requires 512MB of memory to operate, while most Linux distributions are quite snappy with 256MB. It’s unknown at this time how many people will take the $50 downgrade option, but there must be considerable market pressure for Dell even make the offering.

For those that are interested in checking out what the competition offers, we recommend that you take a Linux distribution for a test drive. There are quite a few live CDs that can be run without installing any software on your computer. Ubuntu Linux is a good starting point. It is very end user friendly. Of course it will not be as fast when running from the CD, but it will give you a good idea of what features are available. In the end, you’ll probably see that all those stories about how hard it is to use Linux are completely untrue.

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