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11 Percent of Windows XP Users Will Switch to Linux, Survey Claims

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The research group asked organisations still using Windows XP about their plans post-April, when Microsoft ceases providing official support and security fixes for the 11-year old OS.

11% of the (admittedly small) 641 companies queried stated they intend to switch to Linux. The low-cost, robust security and growing reputation in enterprise use are likely key factors informing such plans.

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Windows XP users

Most windows XP users still use windows XP because they are running old hardware that can't run a more recent operating system.
A huge portion of Windows users don't care about security apart from having a virus scanner installed.
They will just keep running XP till their computers die and they are forced to buy new computers.
Nothing will change. XP will die on its own when old computers die.
I stopped seeing windows 98 and windows ME only 5 years ago. I expect windows XP to still be there for around 3 more years.

Business requirements

I see your point and I wrote about it before. Business requirements and government requirements, however, mean that new purchases and security requirements may merit migration, just like in Munich. Unpatched systems are not an option and buying a new hardware cannot be done unless it's in bulk.

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