German City Hopes To Wean Citizens Off Windows XP With Free Linux CDs

Joey-Elijah Sneddon | OMG! Ubuntu! | June 23, 2013

Thousands of free Linux CDs are to be distributed to citizens of a German city in spring of next year.

Munich City Council plan to make Ubuntu discs available as a ‘replacement for Windows XP’ – Microsoft’s 11-year old operating system for which support officially ends in April of next year.

The proactive effort is been billed as an attempt to ‘prevent electronic waste’ from discarded computers that, whilst still serviceable with an alternative OS, would fail to meet the requirements of Windows 7 or Windows 8.

It’s estimated that some 20 million German PC users are still running Windows XP.