Computing power is getting cheaper all the time. You can now pick up a laptop for as little as £300, but what isn’t getting any cheaper is the cost of the software to keep it going.
Imagine you bought a laptop back in 2003. You could expect to spend something like £700 on a decent laptop back then that compares with an entry level laptop available today. It would have shipped with Windows XP, and for browsing, email, word it’s lasted well.
But in 2014 Microsoft is ceasing support for the Windows XP Platform, and that upsets me. For me, the only reason to upgrade my computing equipment would be if it no longer fitted my requirements.
- Perhaps I want more out of my kit than I did at the time.
- Perhaps I want to achieve different goals now.
The point is that – for me – I am the driving force behind the purchase and upgrade of my IT equipment.
Maybe many users out there will be the same – perhaps they’ll feel that they don’t want to buy a new laptop just to upgrade the operating system, so that they can continue to feel safe on the internet. This leaves users in a difficult situation :
Upgrade a perfectly good working machine or have no further updates.
The Titaniumbunker plan has been to pull together a 3rd option for users struggling with looking for ways to keep computing on older laptops, without the expense. The plan is to make a version of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu available, and to try and package as many applications for it as would be required for the average user moving to Linux – but being a Dr Who focused site, we’re tailoring it to Dr Who.
Our plan is to provide support documents and guides from the community. It may be that Whobuntu is totally unsuited for the average user. In which case the user is totally free to consider the other options available to them. But if Whobuntu helps an existing Windows XP user keep computing – to stay on the internet running a supported operating system at no cost, then this OS might be something to try. Worse case scenario is that the user tries it, doesn’t like it and then upgrades to Windows 7.