Munich Starts Distributing Free Ubuntu CDs to Windows XP Users

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ubuntu 12.04 munichWindows XP is going to officially die and stop receiving support from Microsoft in April, 2014. After that very moment, it is said to become a gold mine for hackers all over the world that will exploit “zero-day” vulnerabilities. The municipality of the German city of Munich wants to stop that from happening as it obviously cares for its people. Thus, it has decided to distribute free CDs with Ubuntu 12.04 to users of the almost extinct Windows XP.

The Munich City, through its Gasteig Library, will prepare around 2000 CDs with Ubuntu 12.04 to offer to their city residents affected by Windows XP’s end of support.

Previously, it was believed that Munich city’s authorities were going to offer Lubuntu 12.04, which would have required lower system requirements with the same support period.

Munich wants its residents to switch to Ubuntu from Windows XP

Munich is actually the third largest city in Germany, so not just a small town whose decision won’t matter. The 2,000 CDs carrying Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will be offered to libraries across the City and users will be able to borrow and download the Linux distro. You are probably wondering why they don’t just download the Ubuntu distro and install it. It seems that this “offer” is targeting Munich residents who are unable or not skilled enough to do it.

And this is not the first time when Munich shows its love for Linux and open systems. A project that the Munich municipality started in 2007 and is supposed to finalize before the end of this year has the purpose of 15,000 PCs in 22 departments at 51 locations from Microsoft’s Windows and Office to Munich’s municipality own brand of Linux, called LiMux.


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The official site ( is not saying, that this is “targeting residents that are not skilled enough”, but it says, that it is for people who have no or a slow internet connection. Althoug there is a link to the ubuntu download page for those who have good internet connection. This is the correct image of the cd:'

For mortal beings I’m not very sure if Ubuntu is going to be as easy to use as XP. No matter the news is nice. Leonardo Balliache @'
There is likely to be a learning curve, but it is also likely to be smaller than going from XP to Windows 8 (which, for many people, would be impossible with XP targeted hardware, anyways). I’ve moved a few rommates from WIndows to Linux, and they stopped asking questions after a few weeks…. One, I thought, had given up and moved back to Windows (he hadn’t, he just stopped having questions). The other became one of the biggest Linux booster I knew… Both of them were artistic types, not techies. And that was almost a decade ago — before Ubuntu… Read more »'

Where can I get It ? Few days are missing, I cant switch printer scanner etc ather than learn bad touchy desktop and, o my now there is 8.1 my girlfriend can’t even read his outlook e-mails not to say google 4 something with ie 11


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