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Escape from Windows XP

March 21st, 2014


Windows XP was a great Operating System when it was released in 2001, and remains popular. It’s easy to use, familiar, and does everything people ask of it. But in many technical ways it’s now out-dated, and Microsoft, makers of Windows XP, will stop providing security updates to it after April 8th 2014.

If you’re still using Windows XP, you need to take action.

You could just upgrade to a newer version of Windows, such as 7 or 8, but there are several reasons why many people aren’t too keen:

  • They’re happy with the way Windows XP works; it’s familiar and easy to use;
  • They resent spending money on something they don’t really want or need;
  • They have an old computer, and aren’t sure it’s up to the job of running the latest version of Windows – and they don’t want to spend even more money on a new computer to run something you don’t want.

There is an alternative: Linux

Linux is a rival Operating System to Windows, and avoids all the above problems. Linux is worth trying because:

  1. It comes bundled on a disk with all the software you need (web browser, office suite, music player) to get going straight away;

    Tux, the Linux mascot

    Tux, the Linux mascot

  2. Linux is invulnerable to Windows viruses;
  3. Linux is faster (especially on older machines) than Windows;
  4. Linux is all about choice, so you can try innovative new software or stick to what you know – or mix and match!
  5. Linux can run many familiar software packages, like Firefox, OpenOffice and Skype;
  6. Linux respects privacy much more than commercial software;
  7. Linux is Open Source, and so will always be FREE, including updates.

Sign me up!

OK, slow down.

I know, this is very exciting, but Linux isn’t for everyone. That’s why Ship Shape PC Repair now offers an Upgrade to Linux service to help you decide whether to take Linux for a spin. With this service, you’ll be able to take Linux for a test run without making any changes to your current computer.

If you like it, you can run Linux side-by-side with Windows on the same PC or laptop, or wipe out Windows and go 100% Linux. Ship Shape will take care of transferring all your documents and photos.

See the Upgrade to Linux service page for more info on how this works, as well as current prices.

The Linux Gallery

Ship Shape PC Repair offers a choice of three Linux “distributions” – the Operating System bundled with a selection of extra software on a disk. While I’ll help you make the best choice for you and your computer, it’s always good to see what your PC could look like running Linux. To that end, here are a few screenshots of Linux in the three distributions offered by Ship Shape: Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and Linux Mint.


Ubuntu ( is put together by Canonical, who offer paid support plans for it. It has an unusual interface, which claims to be easier to use than other Operating Systems.

UbuntuDesktop1 UbuntuLibreOfficeWriter UbuntuMenuUbuntuUpdate


Based on Ubuntu but developed by a team of volunteers, Xubuntu’s ( designed to run on less powerful computers, and looks and feels a lot like Windows XP.

XubuntuDesktop1 XubuntuFirefoxXubuntuPhotos

Linux Mint

Also based on Ubuntu and developed by a community of volunteers, Linux Mint ( strikes balance between familiarity and innovation.

MintUpdateReady MintMusicBanshee MintDesktop


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