City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Windows XP users in Germany’s third largest city are being offered free upgrades to Ubuntu ahead of termination of Microsoft support for the OS next Spring.

Administrators in the City of Munich have distributed 2,000 CDs carrying Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to libraries across the City, for users to borrow and download the Linux distro.

The Ubuntu OS is also being made available for download, with a link to the website.

The CDs in Munich are targeted at those members of the Munich citizenry who are unable or not skilled enough to install Ubuntu via a download, the City said.

The City stressed it would not be supporting converts, though, and you’re on your own once you switch.

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