Hello and greetings from deep in the heart of Texas.
I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, now I kinda wish it had been sooner, but I just dumped windows XP and replaced it with Linux Mint. I was a little hesitant at first, not knowing if everything would work correctly on my old laptop, but all those fears were put to rest during the install.
I was thinking what if my graphics card don't work. It worked right off the bat. I though, what if my wireless doesn't work. Not even a couple minutes into the install a window popped up and said it found some wireless connections and to pick mine. I thought, this is great. The last thing I was worried about was sound because I normally just use my old laptop for playing music at work. Well, it works too, no problems.
And all this only took about 15 or 20 minutes including getting all the latest updates. The last time I installed XP I think it took all day to get all the patches, fixes, service packs, etc. I have to say this was one of the easiest and most painless OS installs I think I've done in the last 20 years.
I would just like to say thank you to everyone who made this possible. Now all I have to do is convince my wife and kids and everyone I know to get the Microsoft monkey off their backs too.
We're stopping support for XP so everyone upgrade to windows 8. I don't think so Microsoft. I've found something better.
Thanks Linux Mint,