"Faced by customers clinging to Windows XP, Microsoft has had no
choice but to avoid shooting it in the head. It has extended
support until 2014 (it should have ended this April), and given
manufacturers permission to offer a bizarre option on all computers
they sell, whereby they install XP instead of the newer Vista. I'm
told this "downgrade" is far more popular than it should be.
"But pretty soon XP will be a vague memory to most users.
Microsoft may have slipped up with Vista, but you're gonna get
Windows 7 whether you like it or not. But don't worry, because
it'll be faster and more secure! Just like XP was before it... and
Windows Me before that! And 98 before that!
"I have a solution for your XP woes. Unless you've been
lobotomized, you might think you've guessed what it is: Linux. But
you would be wrong. I don't generally recommend Linux. I recommend
Ubuntu. You see, Ubuntu is a special version of Linux. Ubuntu is
Linux for human beings. That's their tag line, in fact, and it
needs some explanation."